When Heather Barrett lost her husband of 21 years she thought her world had ended. She was plagued with feelings of grief, guilt and loss.
Heather is not alone there are many in our community who have experienced the loss of a partner through illness, separation or divorce. This experience can be alienating and challenging but, as Heather discovered, there is support out there for those dealing with grief and learning to cope.
Beginning Experience is a weekend program for those of all faiths who are looking for support and nurturing through the natural grieving process. It offers a safe, confidential atmosphere for individuals to turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth.
This was a real therapeutic, cleansing time for me, said Heather. This weekend helped me to accept grief as a normal part of life.
The weekend is facilitated by trained team members who lead participants through a program of presentations, private reflection and small group sharing. The goal is for participants to gain new skills to deal with the pain of loss. All team facilitators have themselves suffered the loss of a loved one and are willing to share their own experience to help others.
The next Beginning Experience program is on next weekend (March 2-4) and bookings are essential. Phone Pauline on 6662 7681 or Anne on 6633 9183, or visit www.beginningexperience.org. The weekend is held at Yamba and costs $150, which covers single ensuite accommodation and all meals.