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support groupsHere are some great ideas and options from my on-line friend, JoAnne Funch, for finding Grief Support Groups in your area. I received this e-mail from JoAnne’s blog, Heartache to Healing, and wanted to share with my followers as well….

One of the most frequently asked questions…
Hi Cindy Adams,
I receive emails and comments on my blog almost weekly from people looking for a grief group. The simplest way to find a grief group in your community is by picking up the phone and contacting the following organizations who would have the most up to date information on groups.
Hospice
Funeral Homes
Church’s/ Synagogue’s
Hospitals
Sometimes if you are searching online via Google or your favorite search engine you may not see all the possible opportunities because for example, a church may not have anywhere to post it online.

You will also find grief groups online which can be helpful particularly if you are in an area without access to an in-person group. Being online allows 24/7 access, but the downside is the face to face interaction and typically no facilitator. Sometimes being in-person allows the facilitator to encourage people to participate where online you don’t always get that support.
I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Heartachetohealing/

Knowing you are not alone in your grief is important and talking with others who are walking the journey of grief can bring comfort along with the camaraderie of connecting with and getting together with others who can support each other in a different way than family or friends often can.

JoAnne Funch
Grief Coach, Author, Speaker and Provider of hope
http://www.heartachetohealing.com

 

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th[4]Everyone experiences grief at one time or another. The grief process is normal, but for some people, it turns into suicide.

What is GRIEF?  (Medicine.Net) The normal process of reacting to a loss. The loss may be physical (Death), social (Divorce) or occupational (Job). Emotional reactions include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness & despair (depression).

However, when grief takes over it can turn into a clinical depression. Some people don’t have coping skills or support they need and don’t want to talk about it. There are treatment and resources that we all should be informed about.

Let me give you some facts: (WebMD) Clinical depression affects about 6.7% of US population over 18 years old. Depressed mood most of the day. Symptoms present for 2 weeks. Recurring thoughts of death/suicide. There is high risk of suicide with depression. Over 90% of people that die by suicide have clinical depression or another mental disorder.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports for every suicide, there are 25 attempts!

 

There are resources!!

  1. Grief Support Groups – Griefshare (Christian based program)
  2. Various support groups for specific illnesses (Cancer, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, etc.)
  3. Caregiver support groups
  4. American Cancer Society has Programs & Services (Helps people with cancer & loved ones to understand cancer, mange their lives through treatment, recovery and find emotional support)
  5. Professional counselors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists

So we need to talk about grief more! When we know someone is grieving over a loss or other main event such as divorce or illness, we need to get the resources to the people before it’s too late! Let’s be more aware!!

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widows journey 2018 retreatDo you have that need to get away? To find someone that understands the loss of a spouse like you do? It may be time to take that next step!

My widow friend, Ferree, will be a small group leader for this retreat in March. Visit her website, Widow’s Christian Place and pray if this fits into your New Year….

A weekend for women of any age who are WIDOWS
and at any point in their journey.

People say, “Isn’t it wonderful he’s with the Lord,” and you want to yell, “No! He should be here with me.”

Spend a weekend with other women who have lost their husbands to death. You will be with people who understand your journey. Come share your heart and your hurt and be encouraged as we remind ourselves that, hard as it is, our God is able. Learn from women who are where you are, women who have weathered grief and difficult times.

2018 Widow’s Journey Retreat Sign Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]It’s coming….that dreaded holiday season…just around the corner. When someone you love dies, it seems like life around the holidays really hits hard. Sometimes, depression sets in and we’d like to hibernate for the next several months.

Think about going to a grief support group. I would suggest getting involved in a group with “GriefShare” before the holidays and then signing up for “A Season of Grief Daily Emails” for the following year in 2018. You’ll meet with others that will understand what you may be going through.

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Kids Camp offered through Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation

Do you know a child who is grieving due to a recent loss?   We still have openings for our Kid’s Camp sponsored by Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation!   Our camp is overseen by credentialed and licensed Clinical and Master’s level Social Worker and Psychology staff.  Our camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and specialize in grief and loss.    Kid’s Camp has designed fun, interactive activities for the children, age 6 to 12, to bond and share, play and gain tools to help them with their grief.

For some reason I couldn’t get the link to copy…so please go to the following website for more information. Sorry!

https://crhcf.org/Crossroads-Kids/

A place for grieving children to connect.

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stock-photo-46786344-woman-at-cemetery[1]Top 10 Rights for anyone grieving:

  1. You have the right to experience your own unique grief.
  2. You have the right to talk about your grief.
  3. You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions.

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For anyone who is going through grief, it’s an individual experience. Each person, who is grieving, has a set of rights. If others can understand this, and allow the griever these rights, they can move along in their grief healthier and possibly sooner than if they are prevented from experiencing these rights.

Check out the “Mourner’s Bill of Rights” from grief expert, Dr. Alan Wolfelt. This was posted from a blogger friend who has a fantastic website Heartache To Healing, from JoAnne Funch. JoAnne’s website  offers, “Compassionate Grief Support to Heal Your Heart and Soul”. She has many guest bloggers who offer HOPE and INSPIRATION

People who are grieving need to know that they’re not going crazy but have their own “rights” to allow them the freedom to grieve however they need to!

 

 

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“A Widow’s Pursuit” was released on November 3rd, 2015. I want to shout out, that I’ll be doing a book signing today, Saturday 11/7/15, at Espresso Theory in Duluth from 12 and 2 pm. Come on out and if interested in purchasing a book it will be on sale 20% off!

I’m including links for anyone wanting to purchase a book on the following websites:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Tate Publishing

If not able to make it today, I’ll be doing a 2nd signing next week at LATTEA on Saturday 11/14/15, in Duluth from 12 to 2 pm.  Hope to see you there!!

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