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GOOD GRIEF, BAD GRIEF. GETTING BACK TO LIFE AFTER LOSS‒PART 1

A six-week series: Education and Support for Grief, Loss and Transition. Grief is not an event that begins and ends. It becomes part of your life. It is an active, ongoing process of turning your sadness in to a meaningful life again. Our group is not about changing you, but rather about offering you a space for healing and understanding where change can take place.

Facilitators: Nan & Gary Zastrow since 1997 | No Charge. Everyone is welcome.

Spring Series 2017:

Meets: Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm Tuesdays: January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21

Conference Room A-1, Quality Services department, Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Fall Series 2017:

Meets: Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm Meets September and October (please check for dates)

20TH ANNUAL UNDERSTANDING GRIEF SPRING CONFERENCE HAROLD IVAN SMITH

Professional CEUs available for both seminars.

Thursday Evening: April 20, 2017 7:00-9:00 pm | Community program. No charge.

Grief Ain’t Exactly What I Had in Mind in this Chapter of My Life.

No one gets “a pass” on grief. Sooner or later, grief whispers, “You’re it!” However, contemporary culture insists that grievers “get over it” and quickly “move on.” Some can do neither so they sink the grief somewhere deep within oneself. Grief is about giving time and space to grief deliberately and intentionally. It’s about declaring “My grief counts.” Each of us has a unique one-of-a-kind thumbprint. So each of us will grieve differently.

Friday Morning: April 21, 2017 9:00 am-Noon | Community and Caregiver program. | Cost $50

A Daunting Intersection: When Tragic Death Collides with Family Relationships. Any family structure and security can be challenged by a death; more so by a traumatic death such as murder, suicide, or an act of terror. The grief is compounded with media coverage which the family finds invasive. The grief angst can be heightened when the death has a “tint” or hint of scandal and/or when linked to drugs or alcohol dependency. The death forces a family, or family members, to confront denied realities in the family narrative. Individuals in the family in “recovery” may be tempted to by-pass pain and grief by returning to abusing substances. The family structure can be challenged by a longing for revenge or revengeful behavior. For other families, the legal system further compounds their lives; some grievers identify themselves as dually victimized. The reality in today’s society that no family is immune from an unexpected, life-upending death by trauma.

LIVING THE NEW NORMAL AFTER LOSS‒PART 2

This 4-week series is a follow-up to Part 1and is also designed for those who have done some grief work and are ready to move forward. You may find that your old life doesn’t fit you anymore because you are a different person now. Learn how to begin a new chapter in your life by remembering the past and moving forward without regrets.

Meets: Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 | 6:00 –8:00 pm

Conference Room A-1, Quality Services Department, Aspirus Wausau Hospital

21ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM

When the Holidays Hurt—a community program for those who have lost a loved one. Each year, an inspirational theme-based program is presented with fresh ideas and personal insight about coping with grief before and during the holidays

Meets: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (tentative—watch for future details)

Facilitators: Nan & Gary Zastrow

These programs are provided by Wings-a Grief Education Ministry as a service to the community. For more information, contact Nan or Gary Zastrow at 715-845-4159 or wings1@charter.net. Visit FACEBOOK or www.wingsgrief.org.