There is something powerful in shared suffering.
I am a strong supporter of grief and trauma support groups. Why? Because they work! When a person does not feel alone in their pain, healing can and does happen. Sharing our sacred stories with others who “get it” makes a huge difference in how we see our “new normal.”
The groups are closed groups, meaning those who start the group together, finish the group together. Sessions are two hours in length, once a week for eight weeks. Group members will need to commit to the 8 week sessions in order to benefit most fully from the therapeutic group experience.
Please know that while in group, I am just a phone call or email away to talk with you about anything that comes up for you while in session.
If you are interested in attending a group, please call Cindy at 306-580-3885 and we will arrange an appointment to assess your group readiness.
Death Loss Support Group
When death strikes us, with or without notice, we are sent into a tailspin. We quickly realize that our lives will never be the same again. If we could choose, most of us would choose "Option A" - having our loved one still with us. That pretty much goes without saying. But because that option is no longer available to us, we have to choose "Option B" - life without our person. This "new normal" throws at us many curve balls and often times we need the support of others to help us catch them.
Join us on Tuesday, January 23rd through until March 13th, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at my office (1440 Fleury Street - Regina) as we learn from each other what living "Option B" is like. There will be topics presented each week with group discussion to follow.
I meet with each group member prior to group starting so that I can get to know you and learn what your group expectations are. I base the content of our group sessions from this initial meeting because it makes most sense to me to tailor the group for those who are gathered - this way you get the most out of our 8 weeks together.
I hope to meet you!
Surviving Suicide Loss Drop-in Support Group
Wednesday, February 7th - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Hope Heals Regina Office
When someone you love dies by suicide, your mind may often run with thoughts like, "Were there signs? This feels like my fault. No one in my family will talk to me because they blame me. Am I losing my mind? Will I ever feel better?" Come and join us once a month as we listen to each other's stories and support one another through some of the toughest times. This group passes no judgment. This group offers no "quick fixes." This group exists because there aren't a lot of people out there who "get it." We do.
Suicide is one of Cindy's areas of professional expertise, with 9 years of experience counselling individuals who are grieved by suicide, facilitating suicide grief groups, suicide drop-in groups, and educating the community in suicide education and prevention. If you are interested in our group and would like to know more, you can call Cindy at 306-580-3885 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. No one needs to grieve suicide alone.
We had very good support from family and friends when our son died, but we decided to attend the grief counselling workshops where Cindy worked. Support from family and friends is so important and necessary but the support and sharing with Cindy and members of the group were invaluable. Sharing your experiences with other grieving people helps you to understand you are not alone in the world and grief is different for each individual. Cindy was compassionate, caring and open with her guidance and teachings. There were no false steps or insincerity at any point in the process. We felt safe and supported at a very difficult time in our life. The tools and exercises we learned from the sessions really helped us get through some very dark days. Thank you Cindy and friends from the sessions for helping us cope and step back into the world again.
- Laura & David