Hello and Welcome to the Separated/Divorced Support Meetup Group.
This group has grown so much recently, we seem to be serving 2 functions. We offer a safe place to talk with people about struggles you may be having adjusting to the new chapter in your life (primarily through our coffee meetups), but we also offer opportunities for you to socialize with other adults in a safe and friendly, group environment. We also have dinners out, movies, bowling, and many other activities to get you out of the house, have a sanity break away from the kids and to meet new friends.
We are from all over the Ottawa/Gatineau area! We are young and old, male and female, French and English, married a few years or a few decades, with children or without, pretty much anything goes, but the one common bond we share is that we are all dealing with (or have dealth with) issues brought about by break-up/separation/divorce. It does not matter if you are just a few days/weeks into this process, or if it has been many years, we will welcome you with warm smiles and kind words.
Many of us find ourselves on this path, which we never thought we would be on. Together we share stories, offer advice and support, and quite often find some things to laugh about.
On the support side we get together to share stories and offer support and advice about legal issues, parenting issues, and dealing with the shock of recent life events. Sometimes we discuss and laugh about issues surrounding getting back out into the dating world. Other times we simply help each other through the grieving process and coming to grips with the loss of our marriages/relationships and the loss of what we thought our futures would hold.
Other times it is simply an opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with new friends in a safe, pressure-free setting. Lots of laughs and good times to be had!
If you are shy and nervous about attending your first Meetup, have no fear, we are a great bunch, and we can all remember feeling that way at our first gathering. I have found the members to be warm and supportive, and hope this will be your experience as well. Come prepared to share as little or as much about your break-up/separation/divorce as you feel comfortable with.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
I hesitate to call these "rules", but with any large group, "guidelines" should be made clear to try to accommodate everyone.
One overarching rule of Meetup.com is; “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”.
We ask that members RSVP to meetings (‘yes’ or ‘no’), as it makes planning much easier.
We ask that members be considerate when it comes to topics which may be sensitive to others.
We want that you can discuss any of your concerns in life with us. We've most likely been through it.
Message boards are for members to ask advice, announce victories or setbacks, or simply to vent. Please keep all posts supportive and encouraging.
If there are conflicts between members, we ask that they either try to work it out privately, or ask the organizer to intervene. If both spouses (or the ex's new 'other halfs') join our group, and it becomes uncomfortable, we will honour the first to join and ask the second to step down.
Any member repeatedly causing problems, ignoring our “rules” or being disrespectful to other members will be banned from the site.
Inactive members (no participation in 9 months) will be removed from the group.
Please post a current picture of yourself. Safety is our #1 concern.
NOTE: With all events (especially those held at a private residence) the host has the absolute right to refuse RSVPs from people he/she doesn't know or is not comfortable with. Those who are removed from the RSVP list will need to abide by the decision of the host.
Please see also the post about 'reservation-sensitive' events!
|Page title||Most recent update||Last edited by|
|About The Separated/Divorced /Widowed/Social Meetup Group||January 13, 2016 12:00 PM||anonymous|