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The 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.

Sample program:

Week 1 Intoduction and Orientation
Examination of the grief process
Week 2 Feelings
Surviving emotional upheaval
Week 3 Healing through reflections
The importance of letting go - gently


Week 4
Coping strategies
Week 5 Personal Terrorism
How to avoid being your own worst enemy
Week 6 To Your Good Health
The connection between physical wellness and emotional well-being
Week 7
Guest Speaker or Workshop
Week 8 Getting Your Act Together
Motivation and goal setting
Week 9 Self-esteem
Identify and acknowledge your strengths
Week 10

The game's the same, but the rules have changed.
Presentation of Certificates


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