Bereavement Support Group (Cottonwood)
This support group, which is led by licensed clinical social workers, meets from 1:30 to 2:30 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. It is an opportunity to share your feelings and experience with individuals facing similar challenges. All are welcome.
Many grieving people wonder if they would benefit from joining a support group. Support groups are not magic - there are no words that can be uttered within a group setting that can make grief disappear - but they are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties.
Will a support group help?
Groups are places to work together to support one another; they are places where everyone gives and takes. Not everyone will find a support group suitable; each individual grieves in his or her own way. For many, however, support groups have much to offer, such as:
Validation: Grief is experienced in so many ways -- physical, emotional and spiritual. You need a place to recognize that these reactions are part of the journey of grief. Being with other grieving people can reaffirm that you are not going crazy. While every loss is unique, through group discussions you can bask in the support of others who have experienced loss and understand.
Time away: For many people, a support group can be a break from the loneliness and the boredom that often come with grief.
Suggestions for coping: There is no single solution to dealing with loss, but members of a support group can offer a range of alternatives. By listening to stories of how others cope with a particular problem, you can find the solution that might work best.
Support groups offer two other gifts: They provide hope by reaffirming that you can survive loss; and participating in a support group can also help the griever find new empathy, new understandings and renewed strengths.