By Tian Dayton, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author, Psychodramatist, Senior Fellow at The Meadows
Grief that is out in the open, that is part of the natural cycle of life or part of one of life’s tragic circumstances has a dignity to it. The person experiencing a loss feels that they have a right to grieve and to accept caring and attention from those they love.
Lara Rosenberg is the Trauma Yoga consultant at The Meadows. In this video, she leads a brief meditation on grief:
When you’ve experienced a loss ─ the death of a loved one, the loss of your health, the loss of a relationship, the loss of an opportunity, etc.─ it can be helpful to take time out to lean into your grief. It’s often difficult, if not impossible, to initiate the healing process in this way while also managing the day-to-day obligations of your life.
That’s why we offer “Healing Heartache: A Grief and Loss Workshop.” This 5-day workshop creates a safe and sacred space for exploring losses you’ve experienced throughout your lifetime. The program will help will help you understand and normalize your feelings through teachings on the cycle of grief and the patterns of destructive behavior. You also will participate in experiential exercises which will allow you to release words and feelings that have not yet been expressed. At the end of workshop, we’ll offer you the resources you need to move continue moving forward with hope and dignity.
The next workshop is scheduled for June 29 - July 3. Spaces are limited, so call our intake coordinators at 800-244-4949 to enroll today. They are available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.
If you can’t make the June session, the Healing Heartache workshop will also be offered September 28 – October 2 and November 30 – December 4.
We look forward to seeing there, and to helping you on your journey to stronger relationships and a brighter future.
For more details, call 800-244-4949. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.
By Jean Collins-Stuckert, MSW, LISAC, CSAT
Director of Workshops for The Meadows
When I returned to The Meadows as Director of Workshops in 2012 Doug Dodge was facilitating the Grief Workshop. He had always facilitated that workshop and was extraordinary in the position. Doug was weathered; he had been doing grief work for more years than most of us have been alive. He was full of compassion, candid, and gave a great hug (although you may smell like cologne for the rest of the day). I knew this first hand because he had facilitated a grief workshop for me when my sister died suddenly and tragically that helped to mend my shattered heart and made a lasting impression.
Doug died last year leaving us grieving. We cancelled the workshop for a period, unable to imagine anyone else taking Doug’s place. Eventually, the demand increased because grief is universal. There are all sorts of losses and layers of grief. It can accumulate outweighing our coping skills and leave us feeling broken. So, we developed a new grief and loss workshop called “Healing Heartache” with an eclectic approach. It’s not Doug’s workshop, but I believe he would approve (I attempted to channel him when developing the workshop). It’s a blend of psycho-education, narrative, psychodrama, experiential work, nervous system regulation, art, music, ritual and heart. With the curriculum developed, all I needed was a facilitator who was a good fit.
I facilitated the Grief and Loss Workshop myself until Janie Exner joined the workshop team. Janie was the real deal, and I knew she would enrich that workshop. Janie is seasoned, genuine, warm, disarming, empathic and highly skilled. She has experienced profound loss in her life allowing her to be fully present when someone else is in agonizing pain. She embraced the idea and commenced training. I passed the torch; it was seamless. Janie doesn’t attempt to fill Doug’s shoes—she has found a pair all her own.
Our next Healing Heartache: a Grief and Loss Workshop is scheduled for March 30, 2015. You can register by calling our Workshops Coordinator at 800-244-4949.
The Meadows will offer a Grief Workshop the week of July 22, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Meadows' campus. This five-day workshop teaches participants how to deal with the pain they feel after a loss.
The Meadows' Grief Workshop is designed to assist participants in addressing and resolving the issues surrounding loss, whether from death of a loved one, end of a relationship, or a major change in social or economic status. Participants in the Grief Workshop learn how to face life’s hurdles and triumph over pain by using the grieving process to take control of feelings about their losses.
Throughout the week, patients explore thinking processes and the patterns of destructive behavior that follow trauma and other loss. Issues pertaining to relational problems are also addressed, with emphasis on recognizing emotional reactions to loss, trauma and broken dreams.
Participants leave the Grief Workshop able to realize the negative, self-destructive behaviors that have impacted those around them, and able to enjoy the freedom of self-expression that comes with learning to evaluate and properly address feelings.
Attending a Meadows' workshop offers an individual many benefits. A workshop can be a cost-effective alternative when long-term treatment is not an option. Individuals who cannot be away from their work or families for an extended period of time can attend a workshop and work on sensitive issues in a five-day concentrated format. This allows individuals to jump start their personal recovery by gaining insight into patterns and practicing new relational skills within a safe environment.
For more information about The Meadows’ Grief Workshop and other workshops offered by The Meadows, please contact an Intake Coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.