Sarah J Williams
Ph.D, RN, BC
Did you recently lose a loved one? Are you a victim of
divorce? Are you suffering from feelings associated with loss related to
romance, social, familial or business aspects in your life.
If you answered yes to these questions, you are not alone.
This program may be the one for you. It is designed to provide you support
through one of life's most challenging experiences. It can be very
stressful and difficult. You do not have to be alone as you move through this
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to any significant
emotional loss. It is painful and often unbearable for some, and it
encompasses many different emotions.
The feelings you are having are normal and natural, but unfortunately in our
society, we are socialized to believe that grief is a normal, natural and an
inevitable fact of life, and that it will happen to everyone, if you live long
I was so grateful to be able to express my grief in a
nurturing and caring environment. It is good to know that we
have this program available for our parishioners. Please
continue the outreach. The need is great in this community. You
are an excellent facilitator.
Secondary School Teacher
You must be able to "get over it" and move on. Throughout our
lives, we are taught very little about how to cope with grief and loss.
Our reactions to grief is often influenced by our culture as well.
Different cultures view reactions to loss in different ways.
While it is normal
and natural, it is also one of the most powerful of all emotions, and it is also
the most neglected and misunderstood. Most of our education in this program is
based on clearing up misinformation, such as "grief just takes time." This
is only true if the time is properly spent learning and applying the tools of
recovery. Our program will help you to move on with your life and it will
teach you to use these tools effectively.
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This group helped me to understand the grieving process
and it allowed me to bring back to the surface lost hurts and
pain that I suffered in the past. Many losses I thought that I
had long forgotten. Many of the exercises that we did helped me
feel relaxed and to reflect. I feel very fortunate and blessed
for having the opportunity to participate.
Retired Teacher and Counselor
We provide educational opportunities for those interested in
helping children grieve as well.
In a safe supportive atmosphere of a small group, you can talk
about your experiences and hear from others who are experiencing the same
feelings that you are. Our 12 week program for grieving adults and a 6 week
program for adults who want to help children deal with loss, are available.
Additionally, we provide open seminars, and briefings on grief recovery to
community groups who may identify individuals needing this service.
Being in my role as pastor, I
spend a good deal of my time helping individuals who have
experienced major losses in their lives. So much so that I have
not spent much time addressing my own losses. Having spent time
in this group where I was not in the helping role, I was able to
gain strength and support from members of this group. My
participation allowed me to address and share my own losses in a
caring environment. Your caring, compassion and connection with
other’s pain is what makes this such a useful and helpful tool
for helping others to address their feelings and
emotions associated with grief. Please continue this ministry.
Rev. I.V. Tolbert
Retired Church Pastor
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The 12 week outreach program is for anyone having the desire to
learn more about their feelings of loss and to dig within themselves to gain a
better understanding of how to get control of their lives and to move on beyond
the pain of loss.
The 6 week outreach program is
primarily for parents and other principal guardians. Additionally, it can
be for you if you are a counselor, teacher, clergy and anyone who has custodial
relationships with children.
Seminars, briefings and in
service education offerings are for organizations, i.e. funeral home
associations, health care organizations, civic organizations, church groups,