Spouse and Partner Loss

Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups

Group support is not therapy, but people find it an incredibly valuable part of their healing process. We have open, active groups which meet regularly, and we welcome new participants.

“I did not believe that other widows and widowers would understand my pain . . . (but) the decision to participate in the grief support group was the decision that saved me.”

— Diane B.

“I was 39 years old when my husband of 17 years was killed instantly in a car accident . . . I found the support group sustaining and fulfilling in a way that nothing else was.”

— Kathryn P.

Early Group

This group is for men and women who have had a partner/spouse die and who are in the early stages of grief. Most people attend this group through the first year to year and a half of their partner’s death. These people are usually in survival mode and trying to get through the days as they begin to process the death of their spouse or partner. The group offers a safe place for people to share their experiences with others, to learn tools to cope with their grief, and to have a place where they feel heard and understood.

Transition Group

This group is for people who have had a partner/spouse die and feel they have moved through the early stages of grief. They are beginning to think about how to create a life without the person who has died. They are also learning how to incorporate the memory of their partner as they move forward. People in this group are looking for tools to help them really live again, rather than just get through the days. They continue to want a safe place where they can express their grief as well as the daily struggles involved with creating a new life following the death of their partner.

Perspectives Group

People in this group are moving past the transition stage of their grief to beginning to fully embrace the idea of living a new life they must create. People in this group understand that their lives are forever changed by the death of their spouse/partner. They want to feel fully alive and are often looking at what brings their life meaning. When ready for Perspectives, they are able to see the blessings as well as the sadness of their loss.

While the death of their spouse/partner may no longer be central to their daily lives, they are likely to discover some grief struggles may emerge intermittently. Additionally, the widow/widower may continue to appreciate having support from those with shared experience as they find they continue to be forced to contemplate new considerations they would not have had to think about had their spouse not died.

This can be a time of significant personal growth. A person who comes to Perspectives  wants to continue their journey of self-discovery within a community of people with this central shared experience.

Memory Keeper’s Group

This group is for men and women between 60-75 years old who have had a partner/spouse die and who are in the earlier stages of grief. Most people attend this group through the first few years of their partner’s death. These people are usually in survival mode and trying to get through the days as they begin to process the death of their spouse or partner. The group offers a safe place for people to share their experiences with others, to learn tools to cope with their grief, and to have a place where they feel heard and understood.

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Group

This group is for people have experienced the death of their spouse/partner by suicide. This group is a safe place for people to share in their grief with a group of individuals who understand the profound impact suicide has on the grief process.