What we're about


This group does not take the place of licensed counselors/therapists.
We all have losses, whether it's the death of a loved one, job loss, etc. Grief is all around us and it has a way of expressing itself, even when it is pushed aside. Please identify your grief before joining this group. Being able to identify our griefs, whether large or small, helps us to process them and deal with them in healthy ways. This group is not intended to fix your grief or help you 'get over it'. It has been said that the only way to get over grief is to go through it - as if 'getting over it' is even possible. Mostly, grief is finding a way to adjust to those losses.

Grief sucks. Grief is hard work. As we journey through, whatever pace we're able to achieve, a little encouragement or a 'high-five' can help us feel less alone. Good grief! That's what this is group is for - to take a break from things for a little while and focus on something fun, creative, active, comforting, or inspiring - together.

Again, this group does not take the place of licensed counselors/therapists.
We all grieve differently. You are encouraged to keep going and, more importantly, seek professional care in the face of the loneliness, rejection, & misunderstanding that can be a part of the journey. Not every grief group, counselor, or therapist will be appropriate for you - and this meetup group might not be, either.
Keep seeking.
This group is a work-in-progress, which is similar to a typical grief journey. Be patient with us and be patient with yourself.

While this is not specifically a Christian only group, some events will be Christian related/focused. You are welcome to any event, regardless of your beliefs, and there will be some events that are more about the activity (coloring, nature walks, poetry, art...) because sometimes it helps just to be in the presence of others. Also, this Meetup group is not affiliated with any individual church.

Events will most likely be inside the 610 loop, though occasionally further out to Pasadena/Clear Lake.

Ideally, you will leave the events feeling something positive and hopeful as you journey on. At least, that is the goal. Smiles are not required and tears are okay (will try to have some tissues handy, just-in-case).

Activities may include:

• coloring

• nature walks (weather permitting)

• poetry (sharing, writing, "blackout" poem creation)

• small group discussions (various topics explored but kept light with limited group size)

• silent/meditative/prayer

• meals together

• just taking a few deep breaths & blowing bubbles

• drum circles

• and more!

Types of places we will visit:

Coffee shops, parks, museums, churches/chapels, libraries, or other reasonably appropriate spaces/places.

Member dues and other costs:

At this time and at least for the coming months there is no charge to join the group. We will see how that goes for now, but it would likely be voluntary. If there is a particular event where supplies are provided (such as an art/craft), you are welcome to donate towards it, but most of the time you will be bringing your own supplies.

A few rules:

• Do not expect this group to take the place of any professional services. If you feel the need to see a licensed counselor, some of us may be able to recommend one. If you are in an emergency situation and need to talk to someone immediately, contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

• This is not a place to explore your romantic options. There are many other meetups that allow for that. This is not one of them. Respect for boundaries is required.

• Please do not come to an event and expect others to pay for your food, drink, etc. There will be some low cost/free events but others will require some consideration on your part for spending and as much information as possible will be provided. If you wish to attend, please allow for that.

• No politics! For example, if we're all together coloring, and election day is coming up and you feel the need to boost your candidate (or bash another) - we'll still love you, but you're just going to have to go color at another table. Political agendas are not appropriate for our events at any time.

• Photography is generally okay, but please be considerate of photographing/posting other people than yourself. Ask first and if it is not alright with them, then please be respectful of that.

• RSVPs are important - yes, things happen - but please avoid "just not showing up' after you RSVP. Give as much notice as possible. Limited attendees may be necessary for some events and it may deter someone else from attending in your place. The RSVP for some events will close some time prior to start time. Participation is expected and your profile could be removed for inactivity, so if you attend an event, be sure to check-in, too.

• Be real. Be authentic. Photo required unless otherwise authorized. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fake profiles on meetup and I have seen clear evidence of it. Fake profiles will be removed/blocked. In addition to that - no solicitation or harassment will be tolerated.

[This section is subject to updates - refer to it before RSVPing to events]

Upcoming events (2)

Therapeutic Thursday


No particular focused activity for this event. Come for coloring, writing prose, origami, knitting, or whatever makes you happy. We can chat about what you're grieving, church wounding experiences, or just quietly sit and enjoy our chosen activity. It *might* be a Starbucks Happy Hour Thursday, too. We shall see! (www.starbucks.com/rewards) Time of this event is tentative but within that range. Therapeutic as in 1. having a healing effect; tending to make a person healthier 2. causing someone to feel happier and more relaxed or to be more healthy (Cambridge Dictionary)

Picnic Lunch with Silent Meditation & Prayer

Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is closed for renovation until December 2019. :( WILL UPDATE AS MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. Bring your lunch to have on the nearby lawn (or standing under our umbrellas - gosh, I hope it doesn't rain)! We can check-in and share before gathering in the chapel for some silent meditation & prayer.

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