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Hello and welcome. This group is for anyone who has lost a loved one. It is an open group where you can meet others who understand your pain, loneliness and alienation. This is where you can stop pretending, where you can feel safe being honest about how you feel and know that you are with people who understand without you having to explain.
My intention for this group is to provide a guided approach to grieving - think of this as inexpensive group therapy. Each meeting will focus on an aspect of the grieving process, drawn from my own personal experience and from what has been expressed by many others in the grief support groups that I facilitate which are less structured and purposeful.
We will explore these through discussion and reflection and sometimes, learn new tools such as meditation techniques, breathing exercises and other strategies to support your healing.
Our meetings will be limited to 8 members to allow for more in depth discussion and adequate time for each person to share.
I have learned that with the right guidance, support, association and personal work, we can travel though grief, learning about ourselves, our relationships with others and the greater whole and become more resilient and more whole than we ever hoped or expected from the tragedy that we have experienced.
This is what I hope for you.
I am a personal consultant, music therapist, grief counselor, entrepreneur and concert violinist. My husband "JP" passed away on December 17th, 2008 from terminal brain cancer. I was his primary carer for almost 3 years. We lived in Australia but after his passing, I came to the US to seek out answers, to rebuild myself and my life, and to understand the purpose for this life experience.
Now, 5 years on, I am extremely grateful to find myself feeling more joy and peace in my 'beingness' than I ever thought possible. Out of the shadows and sorrow, I find a lightness and purpose that I suspect I may never have found had I not had to endure and transform the pain of my husband's passing.
JP changed me for the better in life and even more so, in death.