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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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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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th[1]One thing that brought joy in my widowhood, was traveling. My friends and family would agree, that it was hard to keep me from driving around the country. I had to keep moving in order to deal with the pain of grief. If these cruises were around at that time (over 20 years ago) you bet I’d be signing up!

Visit The Grief Toodlbox and find out about the 2018 Bereavement Cruise out of Tampa, Florida for a 5-night Western Caribbean Cruise:

 THE 2018 BEREAVEMENT CRUISE

GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN EARLY TO GET
THE BEST PRICE AND CABIN LOCATION. SEE LINKS BELOW!

I HOPE YOU WILL PLAN TO JOIN US.  PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENT WEBSITE TO LEARN ABOUT THE CRUISE AND TO REGISTER.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
CALL:  LIN FINDLAY
315-725-6132

Click the link below to register for the Bereavement Cruise:
https://regisweb.cruiseplannersnet.com/rw/register/passengers/7828

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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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Cropped pictureFrom my experience, as a young widow raising children, this is not an easy answer. First, I had to work through my grief. There’s no specific time limit for grief. It’s when a widow has worked through the stages and has accepted the loss. For me, it took two years before I could see the light of joy again.

I believe the parent must first work through grief to be capable of entering into another relationship. If they don’t, they could have unresolved grief and the children might have compounded grief. However long it takes, widows must work through their grief to then help their children complete theirs.

Once I was in a healthier state of mind and accepted my loss, I then realized my children still had a ways to go. After two years of widowhood, with an 8 and 9 yr. old, I had a marriage proposal. I really had to pray about it. A counselor told me that children can take on average four and a half years to work through grief.

So I put my heart and wants to the side. My children were my top priority and I had to make sure they resolved their grief before I moved on. I had them in support groups and children’s grief camps. I brought them to see counselors when I saw it was appropriate. And I always prayed for God’s direction!

So all my sacrifices and hard work paid off! It has produced the most beautiful joys and rewards. It wasn’t easy! I did remarry once my children were grown and on their own paths in life. My one daughter is married and my other is engaged. They have both been making very good decisions in their lives. Read my book to find out all the details of how the three of us made it through.

A Widow’s Pursuit: Finding Out There’s More to Life Than Grief

 

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New GriefShare groups usually start up in August or September: Click on the picture below and if you have facebook, it will bring you to my facebook page to hear the video. If you don’t have facebook, go to griefshare’s website: www.griefshare.org to get all the information about the organization and find a location near you!
Now is the perfect time to connect with a GriefShare group meeting near you. Many groups are gearing up to start new 13-week cycles. If you are grieving the loss of a friend or loved one, find the nearest group at www.griefshare.orgGriefShare is a weekly seminar/support group. The seminar is video-based, and features leading experts on dealing with your grief. This video will give you a small sample of the kind of help you will find by attending a GriefShare group. On this short clip, you will hear from Susan Lutz, one of 46 grief grief experts featured in the GriefShare program.

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