We all experience transitions in our lives. Some of them we choose, and others we don’t, be it the ending of relationships, death of loved ones, job loss or change, graduation from school, moving, financial losses, chronic illness, children leaving home, miscarriage, and many others. The process of grieving involves letting go, disidentifying with what was, and moving into a new state of uncertainty. People cope with loss in many ways. Some deny it. Others are sad, angry, or confused. It is a challenging time to be in the “not yet.” We know what we have lost, and we may not know what is coming next, or how to deal with some of the changes in our lives. Grieving is different for each person, and it ebbs and flows, comes and goes.
I will be facilitating a Growing through Transitions Grief Group at Unity Minneapolis; the group will meet for five consecutive Monday nights, from 7 – 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 11, 2017) and provide support for participants who will have the opportunity to share their journeys. I have taught a “Death, Dying and Bereavement” course at Macalester College in St. Paul for 23 years. I, myself, have experienced numerous losses and transitions. I have learned to let go, let God, and trust the process.
The group has several ground rules including confidentiality, nonjudgment, sharing time equally, and the option to share as much or as little as each person wishes. It is not a therapy group, and not a class. In this group, people will be encouraged to share as much or as little as they want about their transition or loss, and their unique grieving process. Concepts like forgiveness, radical forgiveness, releasing, and trusting in Spirit will be part of the conversation. We will meet for 5 sessions, and see what happens. Where the group goes after that is up to group members. I am facilitating the process, and hoping to create a safe space for people to trust and learn.
We can grow spiritually and emotionally from transitions and losses. Unity supports the belief that out of our pain and suffering can come new life, new opportunities, and greater awareness.
Books about grief and loss are available in the bookstore. They include Bridges’ “Transitions,” Bozarth- Campbell’s “Life is Hello, Life is Goodbye,” Kubler-Ross’ “On Death and Dying,” and Richo’s “The Five Things We Cannot Change.”
If you know of anyone who you think could benefit from a meaningful, supportive experience let them know about the group. Click here to register or sign up in the Garden Court. There is a suggested $10 love offering per session.
Facilitated by Dr. Michael Obsatz, Professor Emeritus, from Macalester College, St. Paul. Mike has been part of the Unity community since 1988.