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Change and losses of all kinds are both very personal and universal life events. We all experience change, loss and grief at different points in our lives. These can include:

•Death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling or friend
•Pregnancy or loss of a pregnancy
•Divorce or separation
•Loss of a pet
•Marriage or commitment to someone
•Birth of a child or child leaving home
•Friendship changes
•Personal injury or illness
•Changes in family member’s health
•Job loss or promotion
•New work conditions, hours, or responsibility
•Graduation
•Moving
•Retirement
•Loss of income or financial readjustment
•Change in habits (such as quitting smoking)

Any of these life changes can trigger feelings of loss and grief. Without proper support or a compassionate community in which to grieve, they can become chronic or complicated, leading to other kinds of emotional, cognitive, physical or social difficulties.

Grief is unique for each person and the intensity and duration are different for each of us. Traditional models of dealing with grief and loss often tend to encourage quick “closure” and “moving on”, urging us to “let go”, often leaving us feeling isolated, alone and feeling judged as though we aren’t doing it “right”. Significant losses are never simple, or singular, rather they involve a myriad of complex experiences and emotions and can feel all consuming at times.

Within each of us is the capacity to heal, support helps in that process. If you have experienced the pain and trauma of loss and are struggling, coming together in community can help. This Meetup offers many different ways to navigate through challenging times, including support groups, book discussion, workshops and more.

“We embark on a difficult journey when we experience great loss. Of death, certainly, but not only death. There are other forms of change that involve loss as well as joy: the panic that sometimes accompanies aging, the ways in which childbirth signals both a beginning and an end, the heartbreak that comes with the demise of a relationship, grieving a friend who violates our trust, filling the hole left by a child leaving home, people revealing themselves in ways we can’t reconcile with who we thought they were, losing our jobs or careers, or losing our homes. All these are losses. All these create new, fiercely intimate geographies we must navigate.” – Patti Digh

Please note that not all participants use Meetup, so the RSVP counts may not be accurate.

If you need additional information, please call Heidi at 503-351-5937.

Looking for other ways to connect in community and get support? Check out:

http://www.meetup.com/ Portland-Peer-Support-Groups/ (http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Peer-Support-Groups/)

We also offer specific Meetups just for Men and Women. Search Meetup for our Wondrous Women's Group, and our Men's Resource Group.

Upcoming events (5+)

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Needs a location

This group is open to adults 18 or older who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or close friend, and provides a safe, supportive place to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. Whether it's talking with other participants, using creative means to explore our grieving, or sharing other available resources, we offer a mix of opportunities to share your experiences. We follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much you share. This group is ongoing and meets every other week. Please note, there is a low sliding scale fee ($10 to $25 per session) which covers group co-facilitation and program costs. RSVP here, or for more information call Heidi[masked]

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Needs a location

This group is open to adults 18 or older who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or close friend, and provides a safe, supportive place to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. Whether it's talking with other participants, using creative means to explore our grieving, or sharing other available resources, we offer a mix of opportunities to share your experiences. We follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much you share. This group is ongoing and meets every other week. Please note, there is a low sliding scale fee ($10 to $25 per session) which covers group co-facilitation and program costs. RSVP here, or for more information call Heidi[masked]

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Needs a location

This group is open to adults 18 or older who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or close friend, and provides a safe, supportive place to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. Whether it's talking with other participants, using creative means to explore our grieving, or sharing other available resources, we offer a mix of opportunities to share your experiences. We follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much you share. This group is ongoing and meets every other week. Please note, there is a low sliding scale fee ($10 to $25 per session) which covers group co-facilitation and program costs. RSVP here, or for more information call Heidi[masked]

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Needs a location

This group is open to adults 18 or older who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or close friend, and provides a safe, supportive place to be with others who have experienced a similar loss. Whether it's talking with other participants, using creative means to explore our grieving, or sharing other available resources, we offer a mix of opportunities to share your experiences. We follow the "I pass" guideline, which means you choose when and how much you share. This group is ongoing and meets every other week. Please note, there is a low sliding scale fee ($10 to $25 per session) which covers group co-facilitation and program costs. RSVP here, or for more information call Heidi[masked]

Past events (71)

Bereavement Peer Support Group

Needs a location

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