Losing a loved one wasn't something any of us thought would happen. Whether it was a long agonizing illness or a sudden unexpected death, the tragedy impacted our lives in infinite ways we could never prepare for.
We're fortunate for friends and family that extend sympathy, but in order to truly heal and get back to a new normal...it’s incredibly important we engage with people that can empathize.
If you've unsuccessfully tried to medicate, eat or Netflix your way through depression or grief after losing someone close...then this is for you!
We are a unique group who share a passion for wholeheartedly honoring loss by fully celebrating the lives we are living now!
New Leaf is a super support group! Our goals are sharing each other's stories, offering advice/help, going out and doing things together (e.g., game night, comedy shows, hiking, dancing, other fun stuff). This group is the LIVE-IN-PERSON version of that screen pop up box that asks: "Are you still watching this show? It's been 5 hours!? Take a shower, we're going to get some bagels."
Having a shared trauma, we relate to one another better than our friends and colleagues. We are a special network that pushes each other to thrive...through the pain.
New Leaf is the place where you have support to grow into this new person; same roots just a different flower.
A: Our primary goals are to provide grief support and healing through monthly group gatherings. Our style is very low key: all are welcome and encouraged to join in, even if just to listen!
Monthly we plan to hold two recurring open discussions: one on coping strategies (including self-care and community resources), and another where members can share their experience with loss.
Other meetings we hope to hold more frequently (when member participation picks up) will be open discussions/demonstrations on topics such as:
*comedy, arts and crafts, eating healthy, goal setting, and other positive, empowering subjects.
Q: May I contact you personally for counseling?
A: While I have studied developmental psychology, my professional certification is in Human Resources and I only coach employees in a corporate/contract setting. Please know I am not a licensed therapist or counselor.
However, I will say you're already taking awesome 1st steps of self-care in seeking outside help - bravo! I think it's important you are connected with a mental health professional, especially if you may be thinking of hurting yourself or someone else.
You can call 800.273.8255 and speak to someone straightaway.
Q: Is this group only for people who have lost a spouse?
No, we're open to anyone who has lost a close love because pain does not discriminate based on a title. (Don't get me started on the movie "Hachi: A Dog's Tale)". Whatever their relationship to us, absence is something we must acknowledge in order to begin the healing process.
My hope and intention for this group, is that through a wide variety of activities, personal development, and connection, we can begin to ease and erase feelings of grief, guilt, anger, and pain.