A Journey Through Grief
Group Support Workshop
Workshop Series For Widow & Widowers
The death of a spouse has far-reaching effects on the survivor. The surviving spouse must cope not only with emotional loss, but also with a sea of changes in daily routines and future plans. While the loss of one’s spouse can be one of the most traumatic events in an adult’s life, research shows that within a year or two, the surviving spouse usually bounces back to earlier levels of physical and psychological health. Widows and widowers can make a successful transition from the loss of a spouse back to a fulfilling life by accepting and addressing their emotions, taking practical steps to secure their financial and physical health, and empowering themselves for the future.
When your spouse dies, you may feel alone and grieved. As a widow/widower, you should openly express your feelings as this will help the healing process which begins with the pain of loss. There is no “right” way to mourn, and no time frame for mourning. Some mourners are encouraged to cry openly, talk with others about their feelings, or write things down. You will likely feel and express a range of emotions, from anger, to denial, to shock, and emptiness.
Support groups equip widows/widowers with a new perspective by letting them see alternatives to their problems. Morton Lieberman, Ph.D., a researcher and author of “Doors Close, Doors Open: Widows Grieving & Growing” says, “Regardless of their backgrounds, ages and circumstances, widows who joined support groups recovered much faster. After one year, members of support groups felt less depression and used less medication and alcohol to alter their feelings of sadness. The more deeply involved they became in the groups, the greater their signs of recovery. They became less anxious, had a greater sense of well-being, higher self-esteem, and rated themselves as much approved.
Our Navigating Grief Workshop is led by trained facilitators able to provide information about grief. The groups are small and provide a safe place to share. This is a four week workshop meeting twice a week, that will run throughout the year, please see our calendar for available dates.
The following topics are covered in this workshop:
1. Understanding our Losses
2. Feelings around Grief
3. The Life of the Deceased
4. Events leading up to the Death, the Death & the Funeral
5. Guilt and Anger
6. Restructuring Relationship
7. Symbols for Holding on and Letting go.
8. Opening the door ... Endings and Beginnings