Grief and Loss Support Group – Evening

Losing someone we love and care for can be very difficult. You may experience a variety of emotions that may seem out of control. Grief can often surprise you and seem to come out of nowhere, or show up years later. Grief may cause you to act out of character, or differently than you typical would. You may feel like you are no longer yourself, or are lost and just floating through life.

When journeying through grief you may feel very alone. One of the best ways to help yourself as you travel this uncharted territory is to create a system of support to help you navigate the deep waters of grief. While family and friends are vital to this system, unless they have experienced a close personal loss, you might feel that they just don’t “get it.” This is where support groups can become a valuable resource for you. In a grief support group, you will meet 8-10 new sojourners also navigating life after loss.

Grief support groups also can provide you with comradery, understanding and grief education from others who have experienced a similar loss, and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with the loss of a loved one brings.

Our culture often avoids talking about grief and loss. A grief support group will give you the opportunity to share your story openly, without judgement, guild or shame. In return, you will hear the stories of other members of the support group. You will learn about daily coping strategies, and will gain support to carry you through those difficult days of your grief journeys.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC will begin a new grief and loss support group January 29th, 2018 and will meet Mondays from 6-7:30. The cost is $45/session and will be led by therapist Sandra Adeleye, MEd, EdS, LPCi, NCC

The goal of this Grief and Loss Support Group will provide you with:

  • Emotional and physical support in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
  • Support and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss.
  • The opportunity to begin the healing process through sharing your own story and hearing the stories of others.
  • Coping skills to help you through the most difficult days of your grief journey.
  • Hope through companionship with people who “get it” and understand first-hand what you’re going through.
  • The opportunity to discover new traditions and ideas to keep loved ones’ present in your hearts and in your memories.
  • Increased understanding of how children and other family members react to loss.
  • Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life.

If you feel you or a loved one would benefit from a grief and loss support group please call Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC at (864) 501-3633 for an intake evaluation for group placement.

The Little Angel Gets A Big Job

Little Angel Gets a Big Job

Press Release

**For Immediate Release**

CONTACT:

Deb Haggerty, Publisher

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

508-746-1734

Deb@ElkLakePublishingInc.com

The Little Angel gets a big job. He is to be in charge of pets, large and small.

Plymouth, MA. June 11, 2017—Elk Lake Publishing is pleased to announce the release in hardcover of The Little Angel Gets a Big Job written by Michelle Medlock Adams, Bedford, IN and illustrated by Cheryl Lynn Childers, Greenville, SC.

The Little Angel gets a big job. He is to be in charge of pets, large and small. Half of the proceeds from this book are going to the White River Humane Society in Lawrence County, Indiana, where Michelle Medlock Adams serves on the board. It’s her hope that you will be inspired to share the love and purchase this book for all of the animal lovers in your life, and that you’ll be prompted to be an angel in the lives of the animals at your local animal shelter.

The Little Angel Gets a Big Job (ISBN-10: 194663817X, ISBN-13: 978-1946638175, Hardcover, 26 pages. Price, $14.99. from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., is available on Amazon, hardcover.

About the Author:

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books, Michelle’s latest release, Love & Care For The One and Only You (Worthy) was recently featured on the “Praise The Lord” program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; served as a blogger for Guideposts for two years; and successfully run her own freelance writing business for 16 years.

About the Illustrator:

Cheryl Lynn Childers, MSW, LISW-CP is a psychotherapist, graphic artist, illustrator, author and public speaker. Cheryl has been an artist all of her life, beginning formal art training in elementary school. Cheryl’s work has appeared in several national magazine publications and published books. Cheryl was honored to illustrate The Little Angel Gets a Big Job as her debut picture book.

Despite 30+ years of enduring debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, Cheryl enjoys writing, illustrating, painting, photography and hiking. She and her husband Jeff along with their amazing kids, Job, Gabriella, and Elijah-Luke live in Greenville, SC.

About the Publisher:

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. is a traditional Christian publishing company based in Plymouth, MA. Elk Lake publishes a variety of fiction of all genres as well as nonfiction with a twist including Bible Studies, Christian life. For more information, visit ElkLakePublishingInc.com

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Art Based Support Groups

What are Art Therapy Support Groups and will they help me?

Therapy Groups allow clients to create sacred spaces as they work together and support one another. The group environment is a place where everyone learns to equally share and listen, provide and find safety, security, and validation, while building and supporting one another’s coping skills. Groups also provide time away from the distractions of life allowing clients the freedom to share vulnerable aspects of their lives. Groups are a place to nourish and be nourished, to grow and watch others grow. Support groups are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., incorporates traditional talk therapy with creative therapy allowing for a more right-brained – non-logical – creative approach to many different difficulties we face in life.

But I’m not an artist! You do not have to be an artist to participate or benefit from art-based support groups. Groups at Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., are not art classes. Though we do give art instruction and guidance to our participants, art therapy is not about the final product – but the process of artmaking. We utilize art in a way that incorporates the brain’s natural creative flow to gain symptom reduction, insight, validation and growth.

This is my BRAVE

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Chronically Creative – Art Therapy Group for those who endure Chronic Illness

Photo Oct 15, 6 04 49 PM Chronically Creative is a faith-based Chronic illness support group utilizing an art therapy approach.

Do you have a chronic illness you are having trouble managing? Do others not understand when you say you are not feeling well – “but you look fine!”? Do you have trouble balancing the “I’m fines” with the truth that you are not fine? Does it make you depressed? Anxious?

Want to learn a different way to cope?

Join Cheryl Childers, MSW, LISW-CPS, ATR-P, Mondays: February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 10am-12pm.

Suffering from chronic pain can be hard to explain to people. Hearing things like; you don’t look sick, you look fine, it can’t be that bad take their toll on a person’s emotions. Support and understanding can be found within a group setting while learning to express yourself.

The goals of the group are to provide the participant:

Validation: Chronic pain is best understood by someone who has experienced it. By being around others who are currently or have experienced chronic pain or illness can help an individual realize that they are not alone. Learning how to communicate with people who do not experience chronic pain or illness can empower a client to express their needs.

Suggestions: Groups allow individuals to work together to share ideas. With a chronic pain/illness group individuals can share how they deal with comments like “you don’t look sick” or “it can’t be that bad.” Sharing stories opens doors for others to find ways to help others understand the mental and physical toll chronic pain takes on them daily. A new outlook can lead to better understanding and better overall feeling.. to meet others with similar experiences who can join you on this creative journey to learn new coping strategies, insights to your illness and others. See how you can address your depression and anxiety head on as well as serve others in the midst of your pain.

Only 10 spots available for 8 weeks sessions – $360.

Call our office at (864) 501-3633 to schedule an intake appointment and to register for this group.