Strategies to Cope with Loss
Dates/Time: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020. 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: St James Catholic Church Hall, 7219 S 27 St, Franklin 53132 (enter at 27 St or Minnesota)
Required: Register now-through-Feb 18. Parish Office 414-761-0480.
Presenter: Marge Schell, BS, MS, Certificate: Grief Support Specialist-UWMadison
Description: Like pain after an injury, grief is a normal natural reaction to unexpected change—loss of a person, relationship, pet, job/income, home, physical abilities, future plans. Knowledge and awareness are key to making choices that lead to healthy healing. Learn strategies that help cope with your unique circumstances in our grief-avoidant society. (For professionals and lay people, even if your loss event was 20+ years ago.)
Session 1: Grief Definitions, Types and Tasks
Session 2: Grief Styles, Expectations, Self-Awareness, What Spirituality Teaches
Session 3: Forgiveness, Unfinished Business, Strategies for Healthy Healing
Session 4: Rituals, DVD, After-Death Experiences
Session 5: Companioning the Mourner (helping others)
Format: Church hall, powerpoints, handouts; participation and homework are optional.
Homework 1st session: (This is for your information only.) Make a list of your losses. 5 columns.
1) date/your age;
2) loss event-description (significance of person, pet, job, income, dream, health, etc.
3) What did you do? (As a child, who helped you deal with this loss?)
4) reflection: What did you learn? If you notice any patterns, write those in the 5thcolumn.
5) Go back as far as you can remember.
6) Opt: Go back and add your achievements in the 5thcolumn. Positive things that may balance the losses—marriage, friend, house, job, birth, promotion, degree, big trip…