sudSSpirit wants to provide you with a supplemental group experience in addition to professional therapy and / or counseling sessions that are currently happening in the lives of those interested.
sudSSpirit does not take the place of professional guidance and we encourage you to seek therapy as required.
sudSSpirit wants to provide a comfortable setting with a sense of community among those in attendance. People should feel free to communicate and share feelings as it pertains to their journey through the grieving process.
sudSSpirit wants those in attendance to realize they are not alone with this problem and the group is available to provide infinite support.
Together We Can Help Each Other Heal
No one knows how to react to the death of a loved one. No one knows what to say or how to say it. That’s why the common “Sorry for your Loss” is everywhere. It’s no one’s fault, it is us, as a society, we have no grip on death’s reality and how to respond to it.
Everyone is angry about losing someone and angry against certain people, institutions, and themselves. It’s ok to be angry, just don’t stay there too long. Guilt is another emotion you’ll feel, mostly because you’re angry among other things and that leads to anxiety.
How people are so insensitive to you as it relates to you losing a loved one and the time you need to process is another terrible thing to witness and be a part of. You must not let it bother you. (I know, easier said than done), but try not to let their lack of sensitivity be your guide.
There is a lot out there to read about this whole process of grieving. Anything written by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is tops in my opinion. Ashley Davis Bush has many grief related books and books of inspiration and meditation. One book is called “Transcending Loss”. Online there is even more. Search for “Grief ” or “Grieving the loss of a loved one” or “Losing someone you love” and it will bring up many things for you to read about and find more resources. Also, there are many websites and face book pages dealing with loss and support for you. They can provide a place to openly speak / write about what you feel in forums and chat rooms. Many people will reply to you about what they are going through. It’s good to know you are not alone during this time.
Support groups are not for everybody and maybe for you, not yet, but sometime it may be worth trying to go to one or at least see a therapist one on one to just talk. If it doesn’t work out or you don’t like it, don’t go back. Wait a little, it still may be too soon for you. Nothing wrong with that. Try again later. I encourage people in my group to do this. I have spent years going to both after my wife died and it really helped me. Resources for groups and bereavement counselors / therapists can be found on the United Way website or just call 211 or search 211.com for information. Some churches have their own groups or subscribe to griefshare.org (new window).
There is a face book series that is entitled “Sorry for your Loss” with Elizabeth Olsen in the lead role. It is well written with providing the various levels of grief that one goes through after the loss of a spouse. There is also a three season Netflix series entitled “After Life” with Ricky Gervais in the lead role. Ricky wrote and directed this series. This is well done and covers many dynamics of the grieving process.
Many social service / hospice agencies / hospitals have grief support groups that are open to the public. Consult your family doctor for resources. They may have information to help guide you in a direction to seek additional support.
My heart aches for what you have loved and lost. Sending positive thoughts with peace and comfort.
Founder, sudSSpirit grief support group
Author, Miss Your Forever and In A Heartbeat
A seasonal newsletter is written and published by Dominic. He invites you to read and download the newsletters below.
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What’s Your Grief offers online and in-person continuing education training for grief support professionals | whatsyourgrief.com (new window)
An organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them | centerforloss.com (new window)
Candid conversation and community on the long arc of loss and resilience. Beginners welcome | modernloss.com (new window)
Individual online grief support that tends to your body, mind, & spirit | mindfulnessandgrief.com (new window)
Grief.com is dedicated to help everyone deal with the often unknown terrain that comes along with all kinds of grief. Through education, information and other helpful resources we hope to make the challenging road of grief a little easier | grief.com (new window)
Open to Hope ® is a non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion | opentohope.com (new window)
Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief | speakinggrief.org (new window)
Pathways Center for Grief & Loss | http://pathwaysthroughgrief.org (new window)
Circle of Life Coalition | http://circleoflifecoalition.org (new window)
Suicide Loss | http://save.org (new window)
Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing | http://grasp.org (new window)
United Way | http://211.com (new window)
Griefshare | http://griefshare.org (new window)
Dominic and sudSSpirit’s attendees welcome you to join the sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group monthly at the following location.
Berks Chapter, Reading, PA
4th Tuesday of the month at 6 PM
Exeter Community Library
4569 Prestwick Drive | Reading, PA 19606
Bennington Chapter, Bennington, VT