The stories speak the truth. The stories create hope. The stories create healing.Peer led support groups

Often times in order for people to continue to move forward on their grief journey, they feel there is more to tell of their story. An initial support group after their loss may not have been enough. Attending a six or eight week Peer Led support group allows those who wish to continue to work through their grief, an opportunity to learn to adjust to an environment in which their loved one is missing. The creation of new meaning and purpose in life requires that mourners “re-story” their lives.  Essentially, the peers or “Hope Representatives” are compassionate listeners, who honor and affirm their truths. The fact that the peers have attended to their own stories of loss allows them to open their hearts and connect to other people’s stories. We heal ourselves as we tell our tale. There is power in the story.

Finding Healing in Peer-Led Support Groups – Comments from participants:

  • “Connections with others who are living through the same loss, personal discussion was most helpful. Patti G. is a wonderful lady, always willing to share, to support, very generous.” K.M.
  • “I am so glad I found this group, it has really helped me. Both Christine and Patty were wonderful!” — E.S.
  • “Talking about my situation and hearing the other stories, able to release my emotions.” — K.B.
  • “Sharing and hearing I was not alone in the grief process, other people feel same as I do.” Anonymous
  • “Facilitators walked in our shoes, they were outstanding!! Good listeners, great communicators, their input invaluable.” — J.S.
  • “Talking is such a healing experience. Craig and Helen worked so well together, they made it easy for everyone.”
  • “Pat and Ellen were wonderful facilitators, they complimented each other..” —Anonymous
  • “The tree exercise was awesome! It got me to think about the past and where I wanted to be in the future. I feel stronger, more able to cope and wish this group was longer. Helen & Bev were great, very aware, understanding and compassionate.” — B.B.

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly… that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”  – Anne Lamott