& 9.27.20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In keeping with the guidelines set by our state and local authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have chosen to make our retreats virtual through at least September. We’ve split this day-long program into two zoom meetings–two Sunday mornings, two weeks a part. Please plan to attend both sessions, if possible. We are also excited to be partnering with Momcology for this retreat.
At these online gatherings, you’ll be asked to work really hard at finding and bringing forth your feelings, the really raw ones that hide down deep. During the first meeting, on September 13th, you’ll be invited to share your story to a group of 8-10 other grieving parents and bear witness to stories of others you’re just meeting for the first time. You’ll receive a sweet gift in the mail after this first session.
Our second time together, on September 27th, will be a bit more of a practical or educational experience for parents. We will provide tips for self-care during those waves of grief. You’ll understand how important it is to nurture your grief, like you nurtured your child. And we’ll offer quick, cheap self-care methods for soothing painful emotions when they arise, like Pranayama breathing exercises and Emotional Freedom Technique (ie., Tapping, EFT). We’ll also discuss coping skills for those unsupportive relatives, friends, or co-workers that don’t understand and say the wrong things. The second half of this second session will be an optional 1.5-hour Yoga for Grief class led by Deana Cavan.
You’ll also feel comforted that the facilitators have truly “been there” too. Caryl Dow and Deana Cavan are both bereaved parents that have been working with families grieving a child for 15 and 5 years, respectively. Thanks to Caryl Dow from Good Grief Parents for being an amazing co-leader.
We look forward to sharing our grief work with you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are have any questions about this educational support group online, or simply fill out the application below.