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
Our grief group provides a safe environment to share feelings of pain, anger, extreme sadness and the difficulty of moving forward without your loved one. Each of us mourns the death of a loved one differently. While some people attempt to cope with their grief alone and do not want or need outside assistance, many others seek and find comfort in sharing emotions and how loss affects day to day living. Our group provides emotional support and involves educational elements. Join us along with other group members who come together on a regular basis to share stories, build friendships, and find support in the rebuilding process of life. All are welcome regardless of the type of death.
6:00-7:30pm: April 17 (this was moved from the 10th to the 17th due to weather): Caring For Yourself May 8: Addressing Anger June 12: Change, Change & More Change! July 10: Resilience Against Grief August 14: The Task of Grieving September 11: Helping Others Help You Grieve October 9: Preparing for the Holidays November 13: Being Grateful in Light of Great Loss Dec 12: Surviving the Holidays with Support
WIDOWS & WIDOWERS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP (Open) - The group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month
Our widows and widowers group is dedicated to those who have lost a husband, wife, or partner. The group provides support from feeling alone, isolated and possibly even guilt, with others who understand. Open discussion in a nonjudgmental environment, with a focus on grief, bereavement, life after the loss of a partner, and recovery. Come talk, laugh, cry, receive encouragement and support one another as you navigate your new life. You don’t have to do this alone.
12:00-1:30pm: April 25 / May 23 / June 27 / July 25 / August 22 / September 26 / October 24 / November 21 / December 19 **Group has been moved 1 week earlier in Nov and Dec due to the holiday’s (3rd Thursday)
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP (Registration required) - The group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month
Our support group for caregivers provides a safe nonjudgemental place for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. The shared discussion provides you an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experiences. The group can give you new approaches to caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences and educational elements provided by our therapist. You may find it’s a helpful place that can make your life easier, reduce stress, anxiety, feel less lonely and isolated, improve your coping skills and well-being.
10:00am-11:00am: May 13 / June 10 / July 8 / August 12 / September 9 / October 14 / November 11 / December 9
HOW TO HELP A GRIEVING CHILD SEMINAR - Click here
Feb 27 / Aug 27
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 SUICIDE LOSS WORKSHOP - This workshop is designated to support those that have lost a loved one to suicide and is designed to help survivors cope with the tragedy and grief of suicide loss and the painful process of recovery. Our workshop is structured to educate and inform while providing participants emotional support, resources, and inspire hope. The stigma that your loved one has taken their own life can leave you feeling alone and isolated. Join us to connect with other survivors in a judgement free environment.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins February 21st thru March 28th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks
6:00-7:30pm: Begins July 25th thru August 29th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks
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 5th thru April 23rd - meets each Tuesday for 8 weeks
6:00-7:30pm: Begins July 9th thru August 13th - meets each Tuesday for 6 weeks
6:00-7:30pm: Begins October 1st thru November 19th - meets each Tuesday for 8 weeks
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. Talking about grief is an essential part of healing. Receiving reassurance and feeling understood about your grief and spirituality will help make the recovery process more complete, allowing a renewed sense of hope during one of life's most difficult journeys.
6:00-7:30pm: Begins May 2nd thru June 5th - meets each Thursday for 6 weeks
6:00-7:30pm: Begins October 3rd thru November 7th - meets each Thursday for 6 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.