four sessions (winter, spring, summer, and fall) of the H.O.P.E. program
each have different topics so members may continue through the sessions
without repeating topics unnecessarily.
The first meeting of every session consists of introductions and orientation
to the program. The expected stages of the normal grief process are reviewed
and complicating factors are explained. Some of the subsequent topics
may include: surviving emotional upheaval; understanding depression; life
style changes; healing and growth; motivation and goal setting; exploring
independence; building a personal support network; effective problem solving;
and, in every session, loneliness.
Each meeting consists of a short social and refreshment period during
which administrative and topical information applicable to the H.O.P.E.
program overall are discussed. Following that, small groups of 8 to 12
people convene in separate locations. These groups, which stay together
for the entire 10 week session, are comprised of persons in all stages
of their grief journey from first time participants to those who have
attended as many as 3 or 4 sessions. This provides for continuity, comradery,
and a wide range of grief, recovery, and new life experiences.
||Intoduction and Orientation
Examination of the grief process
Surviving emotional upheaval
||Healing through reflections
The importance of letting go - gently
**** REGISTRATIONS CLOSE AFTER THIS MEETING ****
How to avoid being your own worst enemy
||To Your Good Health
The connection between physical wellness and emotional well-being
|Guest Speaker or Workshop
||Getting Your Act Together
Motivation and goal setting
Identify and acknowledge your strengths
The game's the same, but the rules have changed.
Presentation of Certificates