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Chiang Mai Grief Support Group,

Hi and welcome to our exciting new Meetup!

Since most of us usually relate the words grief and loss primarily to death and sometimes divorce lets first establish what human experiences and emotions come under the heading of grief. The broadest and most usable definition of grief is:

"Grief is the conflicting human emotions caused by an end or change in a familiar pattern of behavior"

Think how many of life events are covered by this definition. For example, when we move every single familiar pattern may change. Where we live, where we work, and who we see all change. Loss of job may have financial and social consequences that creat major changes in our familiar patterns. Major changes in bodily functions or abilities can have enormous grief consequences. Losing the use of a limb, or eyesight, or major conditions like diabetes or kidney failure alters familiar patterns. Strokes and heart attacks often affect what activities we can do and what we eat.

Childhood issues of mistreatment, physical, sexual, or emotional often set up patterns where positive interactions are sabatoged because they are not as "familiar" as negative interactions.

We will be using the grief recovery workbook for this class the initial group of sessions should be about 12 weeks. The group may or may not continue after that depending on interest.

*Adapated from the grief recovery workbook


You may be asking yourself: What is abandonment? Is it about people in search of their parents or someone left on the doorstep or sidewalk as a child? Susan Anderson, a highly revered Professional Abandonment Psychotherapist, believes that many people feel abandoned, as if life itself has left them on a doorstep. This can be through the loss of love itself, a crucial loss of feeling connected or experience of betrayal and aloneness. The following are examples of typical life events that can lead to feelings of abandonment:

Death of parent
Physical abandonment by parent
Being in the middle of parents' custody or divorce battle
Prolonged emotional distance from caretakers
Being sent to foster home
Injustices within sibling pecking order
Chaos and conflict in family structure
Rejection/exclusion from peer group
Significant disappointments (working hard toward something and failing to get the reward)
Physical/sexual abuse
Emotional needs unattended to in early years
Major breakups/rejection

All types of loss and disconnection, whether it's the loss of a job, dream, friend, home, health or sense of purpose can mean different things to different people. It is an extremely personal and individual experience and the symptoms can manifest in a range of forms. These include, feelings of fear, a lingering grief caused by old losses, an invisible barrier holding us back from forming relationships and reaching our true potential, and self-sabotage.

Abandonment is a complex issue and its wounds can be deeply entrenched. However, it's important to realise that our feelings, no matter how intense, do not signify a lack of will or frailty of character. They are normal and part of a process that can lead to both renewal and change.

If you can relate to the above description on grief and abandonment or have experienced feelings of prolonged deprivation, our group is a safe space to explore this.


This group is a support group and not a therapy group (which are typically led by a professional mental health trainer). We are simply a group of lay people coming together to meet and share our experiences, exchange ideas and to give each other emotional and moral support in our common struggles.

We request that any sharing or exchange is kept confidential within the group.

We plan to meet once a week to share and discuss the topics and questions in the workbook. We look forward to seeing you at our Meetup!

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