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
SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT CARE SUPPORT GROUP (Open) - The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month
A group for those that seek hope and healing after the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide. Connecting with others who have walked the same road can sometimes make a difference in how we survive a tragedy that may be incomprehensible.
6:00-7:15pm: Sept 5 \ Oct 3 \ Nov 7 \ Dec 5
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: Sept 13 \ Oct 11 \ Nov 8 \ Dec 13
BREAK OUT TEEN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP - See More
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 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 August 17th thru September 14th - meets each Thursday for 5 weeks
6 WEEK SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP - This workshop will focus on the understanding of the unique issues and experiences of suicide loss. 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. Find hope in connecting with peers who understand.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins September 12th thru October 17th - meets each Tuesday for 6 weeks
12 WEEK GRIEF WORKSHOP - This workshop will provide education on the impact of grief, the emotions of grief and healthy coping skills to bring awareness that you don't "get over" your grief. Combining materials and training from Dr. Alan Wolfelt, PhD. You will find hope, meaning and purpose in your life, connecting with peers that will help you to know that "you are not alone".
6:00-7:30pm: Begins September 21st thru December 7th - meets each Thursday for 12 weeks
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.