Location: All events are held at Trinity St. Paul’s Church
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Closest subway station is Spadina.
Located just west of Spadina, on the south side of Bloor next to the Metro store.
Time: All events run from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Please RSVP to 416 929 4878 or by email to [email protected]
You can come to one or all meetings.
All are welcome to come and participate as fits your needs and schedule
To get the full benefit of healing, try to attend at least three events in
While we encourage participants to share and interact, our primary
focus is to provide a comfortable environment free from prejudice and
judgement, where grieving individuals can experience fellowship and support
and ultimately, healing.
Events are facilitated by Rev David Gellman , Rev Alex Gellman and
Deacon Chiara Ferrante.
Monday, oct 17, 2011
HOW TO BOOST HEALTH THROUGH BETTER LIFESTYLE CHOICES
Grief and loss has been shown to lower the immune system. Alex
Gellman, PhD in natural medicine, hosts this workshop to help participants
guard and/or improve their health, covering topics such as:
. Healthier food choices to boost the immune system
. How to make healthy choices when under stress
. Proper balance of nutrition – especially healthy protein and essential fatty acids
. Validating the need for proper rest
. Importance of exercise to boost endorphins and help battle depression
. Strategies to finding new interests and hobbies to fill the void
Monday, November 14, 2011
SEASON OF DISORIENTATION, YEARNING & CONFRONTATION
When the numbness wears off you may find yourself feeling explosive
with emotions. Think of the feeling in your mouth after the dentist’s
freezing has worn off – you’ll go through various stages of discomfort
before your mouth is back to normal.
As we move from numbness to yearning it’s possible that the
slightest incident – while watching TV or reading the newspaper – can
trigger tears and sadness, anxiety and confusion. It may feel like being hit
by an emotional avalanche. It doesn’t help that sleep disturbances often
occur at this stage, as can physical ailments.
The season of numbness and the season of yearning can be times of
avoidance. The full impact of reality may not have sunk in after months or
even years. To complicate things further, others might make it known that
they feel you should be moving on with your life.
The challenge of the season of confrontation is to begin to accept
the reality of your loss and experience the pain of that realization. This
stage can be the most difficult and painful. Reality has set in and grief
and anger may now be accompanied by guilt, loneliness, and depression.
Monday December 5, 2011
Strategies for Coping during the Holiday Season
Holidays are a time that have the potential to bring up all the
disappointments and losses of our life. Learn seven keys that will help you to
rekindle the meaning and capture the true spirit of the holiday season.
January 2012 (DATE TBA)
JOURNALING THROUGH GRIEF
Journaling is recognized for its therapeutic ability to process
grief and all types of stress. Journaling engages the creative side of the
brain, which is linked to emotions and helps to focus thoughts and clear
mental confusion. Journaling can also be an outlet for healthy venting.
We facilitate journaling for those new to it, by suggesting an easy
to follow, formatted structure of when to write, how often, what to write
about etc. The journals are for personal use only (unless someone wants to
share a journal entry).
February 2012 (DATE TBA)
SEASON OF ADJUSTMENT, RECONCILIATION AND REORGANIZATION
The season of adjustment is the precursor to your new life. You
learn to live with your loss as you reinvest your energy in people, ideas
and new things. You will have begun the process of learning new skills and
tools to help you on.
Reconciliation of grief means coming to the place where you can accept
your life as meaningful, even in light of your loss. When you learn how to
integrate loss into your life, and to affirm that life is till meaningful,
then you have come full circle in your grief journey.