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Beginning Experience Coping
Beginning Experience Coping is a six-week series designed to help individuals work through the trauma of losing their spouse, whether by divorce, separation or death. Participants are introduced to the Stages of Grief, a normal response to any significant loss.
All sessions are led by a trained group of men and women who themselves are either divorced, separated or widowed. It is a peer ministry of people caring for people.
The program follows a specific topic each week, and consists of a presentation and personal talk given by a trained facilitator on that week's topic. It is followed by a 10-minute reflection time in which each participant answers questions related to the topic. This is followed by small group personal dialogue.
A $25 donation for six sessions is suggested, but no one is excluded because of inability to donate.
Weekly Topics Are:
1. Dealing with Being Alone, Loneliness and Stress
2. Coping With Grief
3. Discovering and Trusting Yourself
4. Dealing with your Former Spouse or the Memory of Your Deceased Spouse
5. Accepting Changes in Your Relationship With Others and Your Social Activities
6. Growth Through Divorce, Separation or Death
Call the Center for Family Life Formation Office, 551-9003 ext 1304 for more information.
2017 Coping SessionsSpring: Mondays, April 3 - May 8
7:00-9:00 pm, St. Pius X, 6905 Blondo Street
Summer: Tuesdays, Aug 22 - Sept 26
7:00-9:00 pm, St. Patrick's, 20500 West Maple Road
Fall: Mondays, Nov 6 - Dec 4
7:00-9:00 pm, St. Robert's, 11802 Pacific Street
For additional information, contact the Family Life Office, Denise Carlson, coordinator for Widowed, Divorced and Separated at 402-551-9003 Ext. 1304 or email email@example.com
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Five Stages of Grief
Denial: An initial feeling of numbness, then thinking, "This cannot really be happening to me."
Anger: Feeling of rage against God, the former spouse, others, and even one's self.
Bargaining: with the former spouse to "patch things up," or with God to "take this problem away."
Depression: Feeling helpless, floundering, lifeless, and in extremes, even suicidal.
Acceptance: Reality of the loss is dealt with. The person grieving is at peace and is hopeful. A new beginning is experienced.