Peggy Sweeney
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  • Kerrville, TX
  • United States
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Blog gets a Facelift

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What do you think of the updated Grieving Behind the Badge Blog site?…Continue

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Journeys Through Grief Newsletter - Holiday Issue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peggy Sweeney Nov 11, 2011. 2 Replies

The holiday season for many of us is not always a happy and joyful time as the television and radio commercials would want us to believe. Thanksgiving and Christmas may cause stress and anxiety. In…Continue

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Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done

Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his suicide attempt. He wanted to share his…See More
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Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done

Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his suicide attempt. He wanted to share his…See More
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Grieving a New Normal

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.http://bit.ly/SarniagriefSee More
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Grieving a New Normal

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.http://bit.ly/SarniagriefSee More
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COPING WITH GRIEF - TAKE OUR POLL

Please take our poll and let us know if today's public safety and emergency response departments are meeting the needs of its members following the death of one of their own.When someone we love dies, family members, co-workers and friends are often at a loss as to how to cope with the devastating effects of grief. In the fire service and EMS communities, we honor those who have died with pomp and circumstance as…See More
Apr 25
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"She’d crawled into her grief and cocooned it around her, unable to care about anyone or anything—" from "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
Apr 20
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COPING WITH GRIEF - TAKE OUR POLL

Please take our poll and let us know if today's public safety and emergency response departments are meeting the needs of its members following the death of one of their own.When someone we love dies, family members, co-workers and friends are often at a loss as to how to cope with the devastating effects of grief. In the fire service and EMS communities, we honor those who have died with pomp and circumstance as…See More
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"How do you talk to children about death and grief? The Sweeney Alliance offers grief education and resources."
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Profile Information

What State do you live in?
TX
Type of Organization
Other
Job Function
Other
Years in Fire/EMS:
5
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Comfort (TX) VFD
Years With Department/Agency
3
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Sanilac County (MI) EMS

Ore Springs-Como VFD (Paris, TN)
About Me:
Peggy Sweeney is the founder and president of the Sweeney Alliance, a non-profit company providing educational programs, resources, and support services for families and professionals coping with traumatic events. Since 1997, she has taught her Grieving Behind the Badge program for firefighters/EMS, police and correctional officers, emergency dispatchers, their families, and department chaplains. Peggy is the author of award-winning articles dedicated to dealing with the sensitive issues that come with job-related stress and grief in emergency services and public safety. She has been a contributing editor for numerous print and electronic media including the Los Angeles Fire Firefighter newspaper (former staff writer). Peggy is a mortician (retired), bereavement educator, member of the Comfort (TX) VFD and the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, and a former EMT-B.
Day Job:
Consultant at Station House retreat
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Facebook or Other Online Profile:
http://grievingbehindthebadgeblog.net/
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Addiction, PTSD and suicide

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Remembering Tim Casey: Your Work on Earth is Done

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 10:29am 0 Comments

Although Tim Casey and I had never met in person, we had a long-standing friendship through emails and phone calls. Several years ago, I received his first email. He had attached an article he wrote about his struggles as a firefighter; the nightmares, his addiction to alcohol, and his…

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Grieving a New Normal

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

Join us in Sarnia Ontario September 14 and 15. Grieving a New Normal for first responders, their families and the community.…
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COPING WITH GRIEF - TAKE OUR POLL

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 2:10am 0 Comments

Please take our poll and let us know if today's public safety and emergency response departments are meeting the needs of its members following the death of one of their own.

When someone we love dies, family members, co-workers and friends are often at a loss as to how to cope with the devastating effects of grief. In the fire service and EMS…

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Suicide. A View From the Nozzle End of the Problem

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 8:13am 0 Comments

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 it was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 38,364 deaths. Based on data about suicides in sixteen National Violent Death…

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At 12:55pm on February 3, 2012, Timothy O. Casey said…

Thanks Peggy it was a good call and it keeps giving.

At 5:08pm on November 11, 2011, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…

 

 

Asking for help is something that firefighter's don't necessarily like to do. We are a self-sufficient bunch of men and women that are the ones called to help make the problem go away, not be part of it. 

 

 

My wife worked as a hospice RN. She now deals with sick kids. This part of life fully sucks and it takes a hero and angel like yourself to handle this part of the emergency response that so many of us are never prepared to deal with and handle effectively. You have my admiration and respect.

Michael Schlags, Fire Captain / Paramedic / WMD Hazmat Specialist Santa Barbara County Fire Department (Retired)

 

At 9:31pm on July 29, 2011, Mark Fuqua said…
Hey Peggy, Thanks for having me as a friend. Hope you have a good weekend. "STAY SAFE AND KEEP IN TOUCH"
At 11:50am on July 29, 2011, Michael David White said…
Welcome to the Nation Peggy! Cheers from Canada!
At 2:35pm on July 28, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Peggy, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
 
 
 

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