Adult Services

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups

Group support is not therapy, but people find it an incredibly valuable part of their healing process. We have open, active groups which meet regularly, and we welcome new participants. Most adults in Early Group, Transition Group and Perspectives are between the ages of twenty and sixty.

“I did not believe that other widows and widowers would understand my pain . . . (but) the decision to participate in the grief support group was the decision that saved me.”

— Diane B.

“I was 39 years old when my husband of 17 years was killed instantly in a car accident . . . I found the support group sustaining and fulfilling in a way that nothing else was.”

— Kathryn P.

Early Group

This group is for men and women who have had a partner/spouse die and who are in the early stages of grief. Most people attend this group through the first year to year and a half of their partner’s death. These people are usually in survival mode and trying to get through the days as they begin to process the death of their spouse or partner. The group offers a safe place for people to share their experiences with others, to learn tools to cope with their grief, and to have a place where they feel heard and understood.

Transition Group

This group is for people who have had a partner/spouse die and feel they have moved through the early stages of grief. They are beginning to think about how to create a life without the person who has died. They are also learning how to incorporate the memory of their partner as they move forward. People in this group are looking for tools to help them really live again, rather than just get through the days. They continue to want a safe place where they can express their grief as well as the daily struggles involved with creating a new life following the death of their partner.

Perspectives Group

People in this group are moving past the transition stage of their grief to beginning to fully embrace the idea of living a new life they must create. People in this group understand that their lives are forever changed by the death of their spouse/partner. They want to feel fully alive and are often looking at what brings their life meaning. When ready for Perspectives, they are able to see the blessings as well as the sadness of their loss.

While the death of their spouse/partner may no longer be central to their daily lives, they are likely to discover some grief struggles may emerge intermittently. Additionally, the widow/widower may continue to appreciate having support from those with shared experience as they find they continue to be forced to contemplate new considerations they would not have had to think about had their spouse not died.

This can be a time of significant personal growth. A person who comes to Perspectives  wants to continue their journey of self-discovery within a community of people with this central shared experience.

Memory Keeper’s Group

This group is for men and women between 60-75 years old who have had a partner/spouse die and who are in the earlier stages of grief. Most people attend this group through the first few years of their partner’s death. These people are usually in survival mode and trying to get through the days as they begin to process the death of their spouse or partner. The group offers a safe place for people to share their experiences with others, to learn tools to cope with their grief, and to have a place where they feel heard and understood.

Adult Survivors of Suicide

This group is for men and women who have had a partner/spouse die of suicide and who are in the early stages of grief. These people are usually in survival mode and trying to get through the days as they begin to process the death of their spouse or partner. The group offers a safe place for people to share their experiences with others, to learn tools to cope with their grief, and to have a place where they feel heard and understood. Please consult our Google Calendar for exact dates.

Additional Grief Support Groups

Adult General Loss Group

For adults 35+ years old who have experienced the death of a loved one (parent, sibling, child, friend, etc). We are scheduled to meet the second and fourth Thursday’s of each month, from 6:30-8:00pm. An intake session is required before attending any of our groups at THC. It provides a time to talk about your person that has died, how you are coping with your grief, ask any questions you may have and fill out a small amount of paperwork.

Young Adult Group

For adults approximately 19-30 years old who may find themselves living apart from their support systems after the death of a parent, friend or relative.  This group generally meets twice a month (please consult the calendar) and our facilitators request that you call in advance to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Other Services

Retreats/Workshops

We offer week-end retreats as well as workshops on a variety of subjects that support individual grief journeys.

“I arrived Friday night with the grief monkey weighing heavily on my back. I was angry, frustrated, hopeless and weak. On Sunday, I left a new person…positive, energized, peaceful and strong.”

— Jolie W.

Ceremony of Remembrance

We hold an annual Ceremony of Remembrance to honor loved ones who have died.

Gatherings

We offer a variety of gatherings each month where families can connect socially and support each other. These include occasional potlucks, a holiday party, summer BBQ, pizza parties, boat trips, and more.

For dates and times of these sessions, please see our calendar at our “news and events” page.

There is a recommended donation of twenty dollars for support group sessions. Individual services are available on a sliding fee scale. No one is turned away from The Healing Center for inability to pay.

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    The Healing Center
    6409 1/2 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115-6617 (view map)
    (206) 523-1206
    info@healingcenterseattle.org
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    (206) 461-3222

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