Everything Has Changed: Grief Exploration for Widows


Everything Has Changed: Grief Exploration for Widows


Nothing is the same. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. In times like these, it is critical to have someone who can relate to what you're going through on your side. 

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You lose your life partner. The person you promised to spend your life with is gone and you are now a widow. It’s a heart breaking, world flipping, soul crushing moment. And yet, you’re expected to keep going. The world is still turning and while everything has changed for you, life is still happening.

You may reach out to friends and family but it always leaves something to be desired, doesn’t it? Unless they’ve been in your situation, they don’t get it. They may be loving and supportive and encouraging and absolutely amazing people, but if they don’t get it, they don’t get it. They have no idea what it’s like to be a widow.

I get it. I’ve been there. I can’t say that I’ve “made it” because life keeps happening and I still have to keep up. But I’m still here and so are you.

This program is designed as a safe and open place for you to explore your grief with someone who has been through the same ordeal. Without the ability to truly explore, understand and appreciate your grief, you may very well not be able to move on in certain areas of your life. 

This program is not about "feeling better" or "getting over it." It is about giving yourself permission to feel everything you need to feel while being supported and taking care of yourself. Topics covered in this program include:

  • The fallacy of grief "stages" - There is a misconception that grief follows a prescribed set of stages and then you're through it. If only it were that easy! Instead, we focus on "areas" of grief knowing full well that it's completely possible to have parts of you in different areas at the same time. 
  • Healthy grieving practices - It is ok to be sad. It is ok to cry. It is ok to be heartbroken. But it is not ok to not take care of yourself. This program is designed to not only look at your grief but at your day to day life to ensure that you are taking care of yourself at a base level so that you can continue to face and accept and deal with your grief.
  • Appreciating Grief - something that often gets lost during grief is the fact that it is a reflection of you. It is a testimony to the fact that you were able to love someone so deeply and intensely that they continue to impact your life after they are gone. By appreciating and not dreading or hating your grief, you can see what your grief is saying about you as you move through life. 
  • Support Structure and Systems - Together, we identify what support you already have in place both in terms of structure and systems. This means looking at a variety of areas including who in your life is a good support for you and who is not, what daily rituals do you have that help or hurt you, where you need additional support and resources that are available to you as a widow. 
  • Memorial Project - Together, we will design a memorial project for you to create either in honor of your lost spouse or for yourself as a testament to your resilience and courage. This can be a private or public project and can range from anything like a poem or painting to a project you want to undertake. 

Grief doesn't just occur when someone you love dies. This program can be adapted to address grief from a divorce, financial devastation or diagnosis that you weren't expecting. Grief is as individual as the women themselves and each program takes this fact into account in its design.