By Theresia Titus
Archdiocesan agency Catholic Outreach will conduct a seven-week Grief Recovery Method Program starting on Tuesday 4 September.
The participants of the program will meet weekly every Tuesday until 16 October in Highgate, to complete a course on how to cope with the pain caused by loss.
Facilitated by Betty Thompson, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and John Paul Care Bereavement Support Coordinator, the program aims to guide participants in identifying feelings as consequences of the death of a loved one or other significant emotional loss.
“People will get a better knowledge on how to integrate peace and acceptance,” Ms Thompson said.
Ms Thompson explained the program is for those who don’t require counseling but want to share their grief.
By sharing their grief, the program will help participants gain a genuine understanding of the healing processes.
The program will follow the format and guidelines established by Canadian-based organisation, The Grief Recovery Institute, which has been operating for almost 40 years in nine countries.
The founders of the organisation have co-authored a book based on their living experience of grief and loss, titled The Grief Recovery Handbook, and is used as a guide for the Grief Recovery Method Program.
Ms Thompson said the material covers myths on grief, behaviour in dealing with pain as well as the natural course of actions in dealing with loss.
Over the course of the program, participants work together and individually, sharing their stories of loss and grief in a confidential and private environment.
Rosemary Bennett, a participant of the first Grief Recovery Method Program that was held in May, and who lost both her parents over the course of three years, said the program has helped her to discover unresolved issues in the past.
“I undertook the program not because I was consciously grieving, but because I was hoping to gain some direction that would assist me to be in better supporting other members of the parish community who are recently bereaved and unable to cope,” Ms Bennett said.
“Through a safe and secure group, and mainly my partner, in the group, I was able to process my feelings.
“I also had what I call a living regret, and through talking to my partner, I was able to work through my feelings both good and bad.
“The course gave me the courage to reach out and make contact,” she added.
The program costs $50 which includes The Grief Recovery Handbook and is limited to 10 participants.
To register, please contact Betty Thompson at 0438 858 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 August.