Start your day with a smile! This basic flow yoga class is suitable to all levels, beginners welcome. Awaken your heart, mind, and body with gentle stretches and a lovely flow class that will leave you feeling energized and positive. We will focus on the power of intention, and enter the day with calm, positive energy. Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats or towels will be provided.
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When you’ve been widowed, it’s easy to feel like you’re going crazy. You feel like you aren’t “yourself”, you don’t understand what is happening to you, and many of those around you don’t either. To top it off, you make people uncomfortable, so you can’t be honest about what you’re going through and it can be very difficult to get adequate support.
Come learn from a fellow widow, who is also an expert in the field of grief, loss, and transition. Find out about the grief process, especially the difference between what we’ve been taught and the reality of the experience. Learn how crazy “normal” can really be, and pick up some helpful images that might assist others in understanding. Look at what “healing” really means over time, and some steps that help you get there.
No matter where you are in your grief process, come be affirmed, informed, and inspired.
Solo parenting babies or very young children can be overwhelming. If you were widowed while pregnant or when your children were very young, how will you explain the loss to your child? Adults grieve differently than children and it is often difficult to know what to tell our children when they ask questions, especially if they are very young.
In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of child development and signs of grief in children. We will have a discussion on the following topics:
- Answering children’s questions in age appropriate ways
- What to do with your own grief if your child’s memories of their father start to fade
- How to know if your child needs some additional help with their grief
This will be an interactive and informative session for widows with children of any age since we will discuss all developmental stages. I hope you will join us!
Tanya Villanueva Tepper
Making the decision to enter a new relationship, whether casual or serious, is a major step after loss but it can lead to new adventures, joy, and another great love in your life if you’re open to it. If you’re thinking of dating again, or you just want to talk about how much you miss having intimacy in your life, or if you are committed to actively searching for your next great love, join Tanya Villanueva Tepper, a 9/11 widow living happily “even” after, in an honest and open discussion about this strange, yet exciting new frontier!
Topics we will cover include:
- Managing your expectations
- Reframing your feelings of guilt and betrayal
- Managing the judgement of those closest to you
- Dating when you have children
- On-line dating and other means of connection
- Sex: the shop ain’t closed just because we’re widowed!
- When to drop the W bomb
- Keeping an open heart when the next one isn’t the right one
If you have any questions that you may be too shy to ask in this co-ed group setting, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line- “Question for Dating Workshop”, and I’ll do my best to answer in the discussion.
It was a bright, sunny Tuesday morning. I was doing great, at least I thought I was. I was showered, dressed, hair and make-up done, check! A fresh resume printed in a folder, just ready to slide across the desk to a formidable but smiling hiring manager, check! I was actually early. Amazing! They had found my resume online. THEY CALLED ME! After months of submitting applications until 2 am, writing and re-writing my resume, racking my brain to remember what my skills and talents were, I finally had an actual interview. This is it, this is the one. This is the day I start my new career. Twenty-two minutes into the conversation, it happened. He asked me the THE QUESTION, "So why now? Why is now the time you have chosen to re-enter the work force?" That is when I cried on my interview. Oh no, not just the little tear escaping the corner of my eye, you know the one you can hide. Nope, these were the full-fledged big old tears complete with sobs and snot.
And that was one of my better interviews!
Are you seeking to re-enter the work force? Or is the job you had before your loss just not enough to meet your new, heavier financial responsibilities? Are tears and fears keeping you from dipping your toe into the job-hunting pond or putting your best foot forward? Are you worried that you don't have what it takes to obtain the right job, salary, career or financial security you want for your future? The future you know you are capable of and will work hard for, given the opportunity?
You are not alone. We can help.
Join me today to explore what opportunities lay ahead for your work life. Let's figure out the next step, maybe the first step, into creating a career that fits your life and your goals.
It’s now been twenty-one years since the unforeseen and abrupt passing of Janet, my wife and mother of our three children. Janet was mortally wounded in our home by our sixteen year old daughter who was arrested at the scene.
This 'dual loss' propelled me into a state of shock and confusion. While time in and of itself has had an ameliorative effect, I was only able to emerge through my sometimes confused but always diligent pursuit of clinical, medical, and spiritual interventions. In sharing my journey I will focus on strategies for moving from a shattering loss to recovery and beyond.
My story continues day by day. Five years ago our daughter, Maggie, was released from prison and began to reclaim her interrupted life. I am now in a position where I can freely and openly share from deep within.
I believe participants will benefit from my story and discover ways to assist them in their own recovery.
Michele Neff Hernandez
It’s been years. People sometimes look at you with an odd look when you identify yourself with widowhood. After all, it’s been years since your person died. It’s been years since your world was turned upside down. It’s been years. And yet, years are made up of months; months made up of weeks; and weeks are made up of days. Crafting your ‘after’ doesn’t follow any time frame, no matter how many years have passed.
In this workshop, Michele will explore the ways in which widowhood impacts her daily life, eleven years after the death of her handsome superman husband. We’ll discuss widowhood’s impact on new relationships, and on the way widowed people may now view the world. Jobs, hobbies, trips, new homes, amazing adventures…how are they all tied together with the ribbon of the widowed experience? What about guilt, fear of forgetting, the intense need to believe your loved one approves of your life, somehow, each of these will be viewed through the lens of widowed people crafting their 'after.'
Let’s talk, because for Michele, it’s been years.
Who am I now? Who am I after the death of a person whose existence has helped to shape my identity? It’s not an easy question to answer, and may be one you don’t want to ponder. But exploring this question will help us to uncover the beauty in who we are now, who we were then and who we are yet to become. This workshop will help you understand where you are in your self-discovery journey, provide tips for creating manageable and achievable goals, and assist you in charting a course for moving forward from where you are now.
You have one life to live, what are you going to do with it?
Debra will discuss how to move through our paralysis and identify and prioritize winning strategies for successful futures.
When your life is turned upside down by the sudden and unexpected death of a partner, finding a new road through life is terrifying and tiring. If you are left to be the sole parent for children that adds to the pressure as you traverse this new lonely environment. However there are a number of wonderful supports to be tapped into including, family, friends , a church network and indeed professional help. Alas if you are fortunate enough to find new love it appears that the support networks seem to thin out! (There is no shortage of advice just a lack of support!)
In this presentation Orlagh Gallagher an Irish mother who is making her way through her loss and learning to live to the full in her new love, will share honestly her lived life experience. She will describe how her emotional journey felt like moving from a very secure and safe scenic road onto a fast and furious highway. This deeply moving yet often hilarious glimpse into a remarried widows world will warm your heart gladden your soul and give you an enormous amount of food for thought.
Orlagh will address a range of challenges including:
Don’t cross the white line! How to navigate having a past but not letting it taint the future!
The monster under the bed! How not to let a past loss build a crippling fear of losing again.
The Left Luggage Office. When we marry again in later life either through loss to death or loss to divorce we all bring”stuff” to the party. What can we do to help in this space?
Hope Vs Reality? Sometimes we don’t address the elephant in the room before we remarry. What do you when the elephant turns up at the kitchen table?
My Needs + Your needs + Their needs = A lot of needs! Moving into a new family arrangement can be challenging to keep everyone happy. Is there an answer?
Blended Family or Slow Cooked Family?Often we refer to the new family setup as a blended family. Orlagh will offer the view that as blending suggests a quick answer perhaps slow cooking might be a better metaphor so what’s her recipe?
They’re brats but … They’re my brats! The inside parent often has a different view (not always right!) to the outside parent is this an insurmountable problem?
Insider Trading? The new spouse is at a disadvantage so how do we make the family a fair space for all?
New Normal Old Normal What’s Normal?In Ireland we often say there is no future in history so how do we move into new experiences and yet cherish and honour and love the past.
Join Orlagh on a relational road trip!
Widowed parents regularly list concern for their children’s mental health after the death of a parent, and fear of their own ability to parent their children while they are grieving themselves, as major post-loss worries. In this session we will discuss coping strategies, grief at different developmental stages, self care, resources available for your children and for you as a family and much more. You will have an opportunity to share stories and ideas with others walking a similar path as widowed parents, and leave this workshop more confident about your family’s future.
Join Kath McCormack, Healing Center Founder, therapist and widowed mom for a frank discussion about the joys and challenges of parenting grieving children. Kath’s children Ricky and Barb were 3 and 5 when their dad died at the age of 33.
Greg Roman & Nancy Saltman
Can you imagine yourself on a date? Do you even want to start dating again? What will your family and friends say when you decide to start dating again? Does it matter? What happens if you start dating and it doesn’t work out? What are your best hopes and worst fears about falling in love again?
Nancy Saltzman and Greg Roman, both widowed, were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend three months after Greg’s wife died and 8 years after Nancy’s husband and sons died in a small plane crash. They dated for 10 years and got married in the fall of 2014. In this session they will share their adventure of love after loss with empathy and humor and provide a safe environment in which to discuss dating concerns, the concept of threesome coupling, and the unique challenges of dating a widowed person. Questions and discussion will be encouraged!
Have you noticed that your couple-friends don’t include you anymore? Are you tired of sitting beside the empty chair when they do invite you? Are you wondering how to build a new, active social life now that you’re no longer half of a couple?
Being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. In this interactive session you’ll learn from a social butterfly and avid networker how to find places you’ll fit in, create a sense of community and how to develop solid friendships.
Even a friendly and gregarious extrovert like this presenter had to develop new strategies for meeting people and fighting loneliness after her husband passed and most of their friends stopped calling. She’ll help you to:
- Identify groups where you’ll fit in naturally
- Show you how to prepare for mingling with strangers
- Teach you to make small talk and ask questions with ease
- Share body-language tips to help you become more approachable
- Help you design a plan for creating a sizzling social life that fits your lifestyle
Caryn Sullivan was 1500 miles from home when, days before Christmas 2009, she got “the call.”
Caryn’s blended family had already navigated autism, heart disease, cancer and a bone marrow transplant. Now the freaking widows club?
For months she struggled to understand why her husband had died in an emergency room (surrounded by strangers) when she’d survived her breast cancer battle.
Then she had a chance encounter with a priest. She posed the questions that plagued her and he offered a response so powerful she calls it her North Star.
Caryn will share how the priest framed her options with three words that set the course for her future. She will reveal the steps she’s taken to live her choice to be better and how others can make – and live – the same choice.
This workshop will explore the 3 key elements of yoga breath, body (movement) and brain (meditation/mindfulness) as they relate to coping with grief and loss. We will explore the historical background of yoga, various types of yoga and discuss how practice of the various elements of yoga can assist with physical and emotional healing.
Be ready for an interactive workshop where you will experience some mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques and practice a few poses. All levels welcome. No prior yoga knowledge or experience needed.
With grief, "the only way out is through", and for me, the only way through is with humor.
Stand-up comedian and writer Kelley Lynn will take you on a ridiculous ride through grief, using the best coping mechanism she knows - laughter. With an energetic style and witty sarcasm, Lynn's workshop will feature an interactive experience, that is tailor-made for this audience. Part stand-up comedy, part-therapy, and part-education, Kelley will combine personal stories, with a warm and scientifically proven explanation, of why laughter is healing for the soul.
In this presentation/workshop, Kelley covers topics well-known to the widowed world, such as: the "incredible disappearing act" from your friends and family, the ‘phone call” with AT&T and other service providers, the hilarious reactions from the non-widowed to a place called “Camp Widow”, and well-meaning but insensitive comments from the outside world; including the one that inspired the title for her original One-Act Play, and upcoming book: "My Husband Is Not a Rainbow." In addition, Kelley will leave you in stitches with her classic (and true) story of showing signs of “widow brain.” With her brutally honest delivery and warm persona, Lynn will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and smiling. Sign up and laugh the grief away.
“You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it.”
Reconnect to the inner-peace that’s always been within you in this intimate, unique and experiential workshop utilizing ceremony, meditation modalities and a sacred time. Remember the parts of you that may have gotten lost in the muddle of grief and loss.
Taryn integrates a slew of teachings from her world travels and her own healing journey since the passing of her husband in 2007. Join her in creating a workshop to remember, and gather the tools to make yourself, and your peace, a daily practice.
Resilience is defined as the ability to ‘bounce back’ from challenging life circumstances. Do you sometimes feel more like a deflated kickball than a bright bouncing handball? Have you wondered who comes up with the descriptions and explanations of the concept of resilience…have they personally experienced the death of THEIR person? Just the phrase ‘bounce back’ might make you mad!
Dr. Carrie West is both a professor who has dedicated her time to the study of resilience, and also a woman who was widowed suddenly at the age of 29 while raising two small children. In this workshop, Dr. West blends her personal experience with her professional expertise to help you apply the theory of resilience to your daily life. Learn how to include daily resilience building practices that will help you feel empowered and capable of handling your life while also making room for grieving and self-care.