The Value of Group Support — From our Director
Magic happens when a group of grieving people come together to share their stories. Lots of research supports this, and years of WinterSpring experience also confirms the value of group work. I got to appreciate this first-hand as a co-facilitator of a group on Aging and Loss. After the scheduled eight weeks ended, we did what many groups do and gathered to reconnect over a meal. As we came together over a potluck of yummy fall vegetable dishes, pasta, deviled eggs, and salads, I looked around at these dear faces and reflected on the changes over the two months since we’d first met. What I noticed most is that the “heaviness” had lifted, for some more than others, but each in their own way glowed. Glow is the best word I can find for what I saw, and I believe it’s from the telling of our stories and being heard and finding camaraderie in shared experiences. Here are a couple of comments:
- Thanks for the companionship as we build back to a new normal, if one can really use the word “normal” for what is left to us.
- We all have our own path to follow, but I feel much stronger with the bonds we have created.
I’m constantly amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit, and honored that these deeply hurting folks came every week and bared their souls with each other…and often left with a smile on their faces. I just started co-facilitating a new group today, and left feeling that same sense of awe at the resiliency the group members showed today. I am so blessed to be doing such important work.
Thank you to our community of volunteers and financial supporters! We can continue this meaningful work of helping people learn to embrace life again after loss because of you.
WinterSpring 1212 Q1003 Listen to Julie’s brief interview on WinterSpring and the upcoming Gypsy Soul Benefit Concert!
International Survivors of Suicide Day
November 23, 10 am to 1 pm
Smullin Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road in Medford
Bring photos of your loved ones for a sharing table
For more information, watch this interview from KOBI 5 news:
We always like to see educational materials in the mainstream media on grief. This article comes from US News and has some very helpful suggestions on helping others who are grieving. Click here to read it.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Lusch of the Mail Tribune.
WinterSpring’s Children’s Program at Bellview School has been a wonderful experience for these kids. Thanks to Sherry Nurre, our trained volunteer, for spearheading an additional program in Ashland. We also have our ongoing program in Medford. Call our office for more information about the programs coming up during the next school year: 541-552-0620.
Here’s a link to the article.
The Ashland Daily Tidings published an essay written by our executive director on the importance of staff in nonprofits. Learn more about what we do every day by reading this essay.
Suicide Survivor Support Group — eight weeks, starting April 2, 6:00-7:30pm at a Medford location. If you have lost someone you love to suicide, coping without support can be very difficult. Please join our facilitators, Meg Mocabee and Nadine Mayer, and others who have also suffered this tragic loss. Call our office to get more information: 541-552-0620
New York Times September 26 2012
Grief and loss are such a natural part of life. And yet, people don’t know how to be with it in healthy ways. I love this article from the New York Times that talks about including children in the mourning process and why. At WinterSpring, we advocate for talking with kids about their grief and we have support groups available to help.
Click here for this NYT article.
This article from an organization called “Hello Grief” lays out some practical tips for someone who has just lost their spouse. Click here to access this great resource.