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Loss, Grief & Spirituality: Crisis, Invitation or Both? Grief Retreat Day

Any significant loss invites us to journey into the depths of our soul through our hurting hearts—to places and spaces we never knew existed in us.  Some experience a crisis of spirituality when grieving which is very natural and normal.  Often the source of our crisis is that what we assumed or once believed about God, life, people, purpose, meaning, and relationships may now be in question.

During this retreat day, we will explore the invitations that may have surfaced in us and have shaken our internal assumptions and cherished ideals:

· Can we allow ourselves to be in a spiritual void, sometimes chaotic, confusing and dark without judgment, without numbing, without running away, without trying to force a way of being and believing that does not seem to fit any longer?

· Will we allow and welcome new insights that we have not considered before?  Will we be receptive to redefining our assumptions, our beliefs, and our spirituality?

· Can we allow our brokenness to reveal a truth and reality regarding the rhythm of life and living?

* Will we permit this painful, perhaps devastating, loss to share with us valuable lessons about life and what matters and what doesn’t?

· Can we contemplate a wiser, more mature image of God?

· Can we give ourselves permission to uncover new ways of spiritual expression and practice?

Those who are grieving sometimes surface questions and statements such as these:

~ So, tell me, where is God in all of this?

~ Why would God allow my life to be what it is right now?

~ I’m not sure what I believe about my Higher Power – not sure how my Higher Power fits into my life any more.

~ If God is so good and so loving, how could He have done this to my child– to us?!

~ If only I had more faith this loss wouldn’t hurt so much.

~ Everything feels so dark and heavy to me, and life just feels so empty.

~ Life is so unfair – it’s all a set-up!

~ What purpose do I have now?  Life seems absolutely meaningless.

Grappling with these and other spiritual questions and invitations can lead us to a more resilient spirituality, one that allows us to find meaning in the most difficult situations.

This day is appropriate for adults grieving a loss as well as those who companion them.

Sunday,  November 17, 2019
Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit, handouts, and two meals.

Grief Support Training Team

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses Grief Support Services and is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling.  She is the Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, a program supporting children and families impacted by loss.  Melissa has companioned adults and children as individuals and in support group, workshops and retreat settings focusing on enhancing one’s holistic well-being.  Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Ann Marie Uselmann, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience journeying with those who have significant health issues, as well as those in grief due to a variety of losses.  She currently provides individual grief counseling at Ad Pacem—Toward Peace Counseling, in  addition to working with individuals affected by cancer at Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin.  She is humbled and honored to work with those struggling to make sense of what life offers.

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Loss, Grief & Spirituality: Crisis, Invitation or Both?

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