The masculine griever faces tough challenges.
Loss of a loved one is devastating. It can drive us into isolation. Loss to addiction, suicide, or sudden trauma only increases the complexity of grief – adding layers of guilt, anger, or shame. The masculine griever faces tough challenges. A man’s grief defies all the cultural norms we subject ourselves to: don’t cry, man up, move on . . . but it’s not that easy. We must first acknowledge that, while it’s possible that we could get through great loss on our own, it’s difficult to do it alone. The odds of success go way up with good support.
Whether you’ve lost a child, sibling, parent, or close friend EricsHouse Men’s Groups create a safe space where you can risk sharing what hurts most in the presence of other men who have their own deeply personal experiences of loss – who will not judge you, presume to ‘fix’ you, invade you, or abandon you.
The “Understanding Your Grief” Men’s Group focuses on the difficult challenges we face in the first stages of our grief journey: accepting the reality of the death, embracing the pain of loss, and authentically honoring the memory of our lost loved ones. Over the course of 8 weeks, co-facilitators Ken Slesarik and Greg Eckerman will lead the group in an exploration of our grief to build understanding. Through our humility and vulnerability, we will empower one another to find the courage to face the most broken and lost places within ourselves and strive to discover acceptance.
The “Growing From Your Grief” Men’s Group focuses on how you move toward integrating your loss in a healthy way. Over the course of this 8-week group, your group will explore how you establish a new sense of identify after your loss and help you resolve some of the open questions you may have such as “why did this happen?” You may also explore your spiritual values and resolve the search for meaning that often accompanies a sudden loss.
Meetings will be virtual (on-line) to enable us to reach men across North America and maintain pandemic safety protocols.