Grief Support Group

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Grief is not a mental health disorder. It’s part of being human. It’s part of knowing love, and we will all at some point experience it. Grief can emerge anywhere in our lives, but for this community grief is all too familiar. Whether it’s anticipatory grief, the loss of a loved one, or collective grief, we’ve all come to know grief in some shape or form while navigating FA.

To be “bereaved” literally means to be torn apart.” (Dr. Alan Wolfelt). If you are here, you likely know this feeling. No words written or spoken, can take away the pain you now feel. We hope, though, that these groups will help bring you comfort, support, resources, and companionship as you navigate what it means to live with and process your loss.

In This Together: Peer Led Grief Groups for the FA community

FARF provides free virtual, peer support grief groups for those 18+ that have experienced a significant loss in their life due to Fanconi anemia. These groups do not provide formal counseling, but rather a safe, non-judgmental, space where members can share their stories, resources, and connect with others who have walked in similar shoes. The goal of these groups is not to erase pain, but to companion one another inside of it, and to tend to it with kindness, compassion, honesty, and care.

Groups meet online twice a month for an hour, and involve a mix of open dialogue, education, and activity-based programming. Each group maintains the same cohort of individuals throughout the group cycle, and are led by peer volunteers who have completed a comprehensive grief and loss training.

The following groups may be offered (depending on who applies):

  • Child loss
  • Partner/Spouse loss
  • General Grief group

While we recognize that support groups are not for everyone, we want everyone in this community to know that learning how to cope with the loss of someone you love doesn’t have to be something you do alone.

Potential benefits of group:

  • Instillation of hope
  • Universality & sense of belonging (you are not alone!)
  • Imparting of information (insight, helpful suggestions, understanding, and resource sharing)
  • Altruism (groups not only provide members with the opportunity to receive support, but to give it as well).
  • Safe place for emotional expression and release of feelings

​How to join a grief group

If you are grieving and feel that you might benefit from the support of others in a group environment, please complete the member application and we will connect with you to ensure our group can meet your needs.

​Apply to be a peer facilitator

“Grief, often the most profound form of sorrow, demands the support and compassion of our fellow human beings” (Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Center for Loss & Life Transition). Grief groups provide an opportunity for peers to help nurture others with compassion and support.

If you are interested in companioning others in their grief as a peer facilitator, we encourage you to apply. We believe that you will find it to be a true privilege to “walk” alongside fellow grievers in this FAmily.

For questions contact Jordan Deines, LCSW and Director of Family Services at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 541-687-4658x301.

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