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ARROW Grief Groups

WIDOWED SUPPORT PROGRAM

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

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The purpose of this program is to:

  • dispel common myths about grief

  • teach healthy coping strategies and nervous system regulation

  • explore relevant topics extending to all areas of life affected by widowhood

  • process challenging themes using therapeutic methods including journaling

  • initiate the step from survival mode to healing

  • provide understanding social supports

 

Being a member of this group means that you agree to the following:     

  1. CONFIDENTIALITY. What we discuss in this group must remain in this group, as we will be sharing highly sensitive and private information. Although confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in a group setting, we should exercise mutual respect by not disclosing anything discussed in this group with anyone outside of it. Exceptions to confidentiality: if a member is in immediate danger to themselves or is endangering another who cannot protect themselves, as in the case of a child, a person with a disability, or an elderly person.

  2. Not a replacement for therapy. While this group is therapeutic in nature, it should not be considered a substitute for therapy services by a licensed mental health professional. If you are seeing a licensed mental health professional, please inform them that you are in this group.  

  3. Be on time. Please respectful of everyone’s time. We have 90 minutes from start to finish, and every minute is valuable.    

  4. Take turns. Let everyone have a chance to speak and do not dominate discussions. While some of us might have a great deal they want to share, please be considerate of others who have things they would like to say, too. Those who choose not to talk may occasionally pass, but one of the biggest benefits of a group setting is the opportunity to share with your peers, and sharing is encouraged. Please refrain from side conversations (unless we split up specifically for them).     

  5. Keep cell phone ringers off. Do not take calls during group time unless it is an emergency.     

  6. Advice or religious solicitationMembers agree that they will not try to fix anyone else’s problem or push religious beliefs onto others; just be honest about their own circumstances and what has worked for them. In addition, group members are not to distribute any handouts to the group members without prior approval from facilitator.

  7. Judgment-free zone. This makes it safe for us to share our truths, and your truths might be different than someone else’s.     

  8. Inclusivity. Discrimination or prejudices of any kind will not be tolerated. This group values diversity, equity and inclusion.  

  9. Safety. If the facilitator has any reason to believe that a member has hurt or has the potential to hurt any of the other members in any way (emotionally, psychologically, or physically), that member will be removed from the group. No one is obligated to share any details they are not comfortable sharing.

  10. Leaving early/dropping out. A member may leave the group if they wish; if possible, they should say goodbye to the other group members before doing so, or get the facilitator to say goodbye for them.     

LOGISTICS:    

Population: Anyone 21 and over grieving the death of their significant other.

 

Facilitator Credentials & Contact Info: Program created and facilitated by Andrea Row, certified grief specialist, peer, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern with over twelve years of volunteer service with the widowed community. Email: andrearowwebsite@gmail.com     Phone: (716) 336-8637   Website: www.andrearow.com

 

Time/Date/Duration: Meetings take place one per week for ten consecutive weeks on the dates and time indicated at the time of your registration. Each meeting is 90 minutes in duration.  

    

Location: In-person at Alden Mental Health Counseling Wellness, 11901 Broadway, Alden, NY.

 

Cost of Program: Given the unique nature of this program, there is a one-time registration fee of $160 for this program which includes the cost of the journal. Fee can be paid by PayPal on the online registration form (contact Andrea directly for other methods of payment). If you already purchased the journal through Amazon, the registration fee is reduced to $150. If you are unable to afford the registration fee, please call (716) 336-8367 or email andrearowwebsite@gmail.com. Partial or full fee waivers offered on a case-by-case basis.

Payment Terms. Payment in full is required at the time of registration via PAYPAL, VENMO, or credit card to reserve your spot. Delaying payment may result in another client securing your spot. If payment is not received at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program, your registration will be cancelled (see Refund/Cancellation policy below). Remitted payment implies your agreement to all Terms and Conditions herein.

 

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

A full refund may be issued 72 hours prior to the start date of the group. After 72 hours, there is an option to transfer your registration funds to another program within one year, or to sponsor registration for someone unable to afford the cost.  

Group Format: The group will meet in-person, and accommodates up to eight members. It is a closed group, which means the members that begin with us at our first meeting will be the same individuals throughout the duration of our ten weeks together. Walk-ins are not permitted to attend.

 

Session Format: Each session: begins with a guided breathing exercise, includes some education, group discussions, and concludes with a brief journaling task to be completed between sessions (each session has a similar flow). Sessions are topic focused and structured in a way that builds on content from the previous week.

 

Program Materials:  A journal published by Andrea Row titled, “Death Sucks: A Journal of Life After Loss” will be used throughout our meetings. A handout will be distributed each week that outlines that week’s topics.

 

Client as Consumer: You are encouraged to attend every week and follow through with the brief assignments. If you do not fully understand something, ask facilitator for clarification. You are more likely to make therapeutic progress by taking an active approach to this program.

* Indicate your agreement by checking box on Registration Form at time of registration.

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