Support groups are one of the pillars of the Grief Resource Center’s mission to help individuals define their own pathways to healing.  Grief support groups are groups of people who have lost loved ones. Support groups provide the grieving person with a circle of people with whom they have no other relationship, in contrast to family members or other friendships.They provide an opportunity to listen to the experiences of others and gain perspective on how one’s grief is different than the losses of others.  Desmond Tutu describes it like this, “Let people tell their story. Let people tell of their pain. In the telling there is healing.” This is the power of gathering together. 

What is it like to come to a support group?

Coming for the first time can be difficult and fraught with anxiety. It takes courage to come the first time. Our groups are facilitated by volunteers who will greet you and make you feel welcome. Facilitators are responsible for keeping the group experience one where every single person feels comfortable enough to contribute something, as they can. Each group will have guidelines that help add structure to the meeting such as confidentiality and respect. You will not be required to talk unless you want to. It is recommended that you try a group a few times to see if it’s a good fit for you.  You have heard the phrase ‘holding space’ for someone. It means we are willing to walk alongside another person on their journey without judgment, without making them feel inadequate, without trying to fix them, and without trying to impact the outcome.  In support groups we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control. Please attend one of the groups offered at the Grief Resource Center and know you are always welcome.

“It is so peaceful here. Walking in I already feel lighter.”  Sandy S.

“I wish we could meet every week.” Susan O.

Upcoming newsletters will highlight the facilitators from each of the groups that meet here: Moving Forward for Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost Medically Fragile and Developmentally Disabled Children, TAPS Care Group for Military Loss, and Survivors of Suicide Moms.