What we're about
After the loss of a child, your everyday life is utterly changed and the pain you feel is a deep grief which makes everything so difficult to cope with. In our culture we rush to put a lid on emotions and the natural process that needs to happen to deal with loss and grief.
But we can't skip emotional steps! Just burying the feelings will not help us deal with the loss, save the memories of our beloved person, live authentically, or move forward with real freedom. In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free.
We all need a support system to help us as we move through our grief journey. While family and friends are vital, they cannot always support us, either because they are struggling to deal with their own grief, or because they simply don’t “get” it. That is where support groups can become a valuable resource.
It is proved that people who have participated in our group for a few months have felt more in peace with the (painful) grieving process, less lonely, more connected with others and belonging to a group, and they have admitted that they can cope better with their daily life.
We form groups where people can come and share all these painful emotions and get support from peers who have gone through similar experience. Our counselor holds the scientific background to support us through such an overwhelming experience.
In our groups, you can find:
-Emotional support in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
-Understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss.
-The opportunity to begin the healing process through sharing your own story and hearing the stories of others.
-Coping skills to help you through the most difficult days of your grief journey.
-The opportunity to discover new “routines” and ideas to keep loved ones present in your hearts and in your memories.
-Increased understanding of how others react to loss and how to help them support you better.
-Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life.
Some of the topics we go through are:
-Stages of grief
-Going through the "year of first's" (first Christmas, first holidays, first birthday, etc)
-Dealing with depression
-Dealing with the possessions of the loved one
-Failing to grieve
At our meetings we provide positive support in a NON-JUDGMENTAL setting where each member has a chance to discuss the evening's topic or any issue that is relevant to his/her situation.
DO NOT FORGET: While death is the end of a relationship, it also provides the opportunity for re-evaluating life and your relationships. Bring only your concerns, questions, open minds and warm hearts!