Support Groups & Workshops
MONTHLY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Connecting with others that understand and are experiencing a similar loss can be healing. Participation is upon your comfort level.
Groups listed as "Open" are ongoing and do not require registration
All support groups are free of charge
HEALING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (Open) - The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
A group focused on the reality that loss affects day to day living. This structured group bound by group members coming together on a regular basis to share their stories. Learning more about the grieving process, by expressing and getting fears and feelings validated, knowing "you are not alone" with others that are experiencing loss, you can find support in the rebuilding process of life. All are welcome regardless of the type of death.
6:00-7:30pm: Dec 12: Surviving the Holidays with Support
Grief Support Workshops
Workshops are closed after the second session. Pre-registration is required and suggested one week prior to start date
All workshops are free of charge
6 WEEK FAITH BASED GRIEF WORKSHOP - This workshop has a faith based focus on understanding grief as well as developing healthy coping behaviors and the importance of allowing yourself to mourn. You will hear stories from peers who have experienced loss talk about their journey, helping to renew a sense of hope.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins January 25th thru March 1st - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks **2018
6:00-7:30pm: Begins October 18th thru November 29th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks **2018
6 WEEK SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP - The stigma that your loved one has taken their own life can leave you feeling alone and isolated. You may find yourself in a struggle to survive and then to move forward. This workshop is designed to help survivors cope with the tragedy and grief of suicide loss. Gain practical information, find support and resources, learn self-care and connect with other survivors who understand.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins April 12th thru May 17th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks **2018
6:00-7:30pm: Begins August 16th thru September 20th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks **2018
8/6 WEEK GRIEF WORKSHOP - This workshop will provide hands on activities and education on the impact of grief, the emotions of grief and how to develop healthy coping skills to learn how to live purposefully with grief. You will find hope by connecting with peers to know that you are not alone on this journey.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins March 6th thru April 24th - meets each Tuesday for 8 weeks **2018
6:00-7:30pm: Begins July 16th thru August 20th - meets each Monday for 6 weeks **2018
6:00-7:30pm: Begins October 1st thru November 19th - meets each Monday for 8 weeks **2018 - GROUP CLOSED/FULL
A minimal donation is encouraged for all support groups and workshops to allow the Richard Lambert Foundation Family Grief & Healing Center to keep our services available to others.
My Grief Workshop Testimony
I remember exactly how I felt arriving at my first grief group. It was exactly four weeks after losing Richard that we pulled into the parking lot. I was feeling petrified, scared, broken, mad and in disbelief that this was my life and that I was arriving at this place because my son was no longer here. I walked through the front door of the building and broke down. I told my husband that I didn't think that I could do it. However, I knew that I wanted and desperately needed help if I were ever going to survive losing my son.
What was going on with my emotions? They were all over the place. I managed to muster up enough courage to go into the meeting area and sit down. I felt like I was in a fog. Life and everyone in it was just continuing on. Why were these people smiling, wasn't this a grief group? I sat in my chair and cried the entire time. Why wasn't everyone in the room crying? I thought to myself that they surely must not have had that same special connection that I did with my son nor could they have had the immense love I had for Richard or wouldn't they be in broken pieces like me? I remember hearing the stories of other's losses. Some were new like mine and some had been twenty or more years. Here came the roller coaster of emotions, fear, anger, panic.....why were these people still coming twenty years later? I sat feeling scared, numb, hopeless and defeated and thought to myself that I was never going to "feel better". Making it through to the end of the group, I decided that I would attend the following week and the week after that and the week after that, I continued going for the entire eight week session.
I can now say that I am thankful for attending and learning the stages of grief as well as understanding that everything that I was experiencing and thinking, was normal and that I wasn't going crazy. I was connected with some amazing moms that have experienced the loss of their adult children as I have. Remember the ones who were smiling? I understand now that they could smile again because God had already been working in their lives, and they do love their children just as much as I do. They were there to support a newly bereaved mom......me. To this day they continue to be a major part in my healing process. To share a common bond with someone who understands exactly what your feeling and experiencing is so powerful in the healing process. You see, my pain will never go away, and I will never "get over it", I will continue to learn how to live with it on a daily basis and yes, I have learned to smile again. It takes a lot of work, grief is exhausting.
If my story feels familiar with your loss, your grief is all consuming, the pain is beyond description, you find it difficult to find the will to carry on every day life, know that we are here to help you through your grief and to give you hope, encouragement and support. Contact us for help through your journey.