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 “Finding Your Way Through the Wilderness of 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 9 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.
Meetings will be virtual (on-line) to enable us to reach men across North America and maintain pandemic safety protocols.
The Journey Through Grief: Support Group for Newly Bereaved Parents
Suicide and Substance Abuse Loss – Loss of Child
This group is open to newly bereaved parents who lost a child to suicide or substance abuse loss. We would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones after the loss of your child. When you’re newly bereaved, suddenly you find yourself on an emotional roller-coaster where you have no idea what to expect next. This group designed for both men and women focuses on the Six Needs of Mourning developed by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Founder of the Center for Loss in Ft. Collins, CO. It is also focused on supporting parents who have lost a child to suicide, substance, or other forms of self-harm where the layers of grief are quite complex.