Some losses are clear, society recognizes them as significant and we have rituals to mourn them. We feel free to ask for support and more often, support comes our way without our even having to ask. But the kinds of losses that are a part of addiction and dysfunction, all too often remain disenfranchised. These losses can lack visibility and clarity, they are hidden and oftentimes remain unseen or misread by others. And there can be confusion as to exactly who or what has been lost, or whether there is a loss at all. However, not only do they hurt as much, the very fact that they remain buried, unrecognized and unsupported, can complicate mourning and block our process of grieving. These kinds of losses deserve respect, they need our compassion and care. Grieving these kinds of losses can bring about change on the inside that leads to change on the outside. Mourning a loss of a connection to self, to someone significant, to a period of life, to addiction and/or dysfunction can be freeing and restoring. It can let us feel whole again having processed our splintered or buried inner experience and bringing it to comfortable closure. It helps us to move on in life, let go of the past and live in the present.
This workshop is designed to address:
- Loss of a connection to self due to trauma
- Loss of a significant person or relationship
- For the addict in recovery, the loss of potential or a part of their life
- For the ACoA, the loss of a sober parent, or a period of unencumbered childhood
- For the ACoA, spouse, or addict in recovery, the loss of a functional family
- For the spouse of an addict, the loss of a trusted and dependable partner
- Divorce abandonment/visitation changes related to divorce
- Socially ambiguous deaths (AIDS, suicide, murder, DUI, overdose)
- Miscarriage, infertility
- Adoption, either being adopted or placing a child up for adoption; adoptive parents whose child seeks biological family
- Death of a pet
- Disabling conditions, health issues
- Loss of career (identify, retirement)
- Moving to a new home
- Mental illness or cognitive deficit
- Other loss
Workshops run 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The schedule is flexible, accommodating the group process.
This workshop is scheduled on the following dates in 2019:
|April 15 - 19||August 12 - 16||December 2 - 6|
We Can Help
For more details, call 800-244-4949 or complete the form below. 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.