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May 1, 2012 at 1:55 am #603084
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I lost my father – a medically retired law enforcement officer – a little over a month ago after a long fought battle with PTSD and diabetes. He was only 57 years old.
Does anyone know of any grief support groups that meet here in West Seattle?
I found two. One at Grace Church meets on Saturdays when Im supposed to be teaching puppy classes, the other is at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday evenings. Are there any others?
Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS
Director of Training and Behavior
Service Dog Academy – http://www.servicedogacademy.comMay 1, 2012 at 2:32 am #757033
I’m sorry for your loss, Mary.
It’s a little further afield, but Highline Hospital in Burien offers a walk-in grief support group, first and third Wednesdays from 2-4 pm. About halfway down the page here: http://www.highlinemedicalcenter.org/classes-events/support-groups.htmMay 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm #757034
It’s not in West Seattle, but Swedish Hospital also offers a no-cost bereavement support program: http://www.swedish.org/Services/Bereavement-Programs#axzz1tdnKbiGF
I lost my husband in January, and have been considering joining the next session when it starts…
I’m sorry for your loss Mary…May 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm #757035
Grin and Mary, I am so sorry for your losses. I also lost my dad WAY too young on Dec 21. I’m still reeling. It’s not easy at all, and I’ve certainly wondered what level of sadness is normal vs what’s “go get counseling.” People keep saying grief is different in each person, blah blah — but where is the line after which it’s beyond “normal” grieving? I don’t know the answer, but maybe someone else does.May 2, 2012 at 12:13 am #757036
*Holy Rosary, 937-1488, ask for Virginia Radel I think they have a group.
*Providence Hospice of Seattle, ask for Grief Support Services. The following is from their webpage:
Grief is not an event, it is a constant unfolding.
Providence Hospice of Seattle offers a full range of compassionate response to children and adults who are grieving the loss of a significant person. We realize the importance of acknowledging the unique grieving process of every individual. Included in this acknowledgement is the understanding that grief has no timeline.
We offer a variety of opportunities for ongoing support and education regarding grief, loss, and life adjustments following the death of a significant person. Our purpose is to help individuals, families and communities identify their needs and strengths and to provide them a supportive presence for up to 15 months after the death.
Our program offers a continuum of support for children to older adults and is available not only to families of hospice patients, but to anyone grieving who resides within King and South Snohomish counties.
View our grief support newsletter:
For more information, please call
206-749-7702May 2, 2012 at 12:18 am #757037
This is the newsletter, Pathways
Lots of good info.May 11, 2012 at 4:35 am #757038
service dog academyMember
Found myself uncontrollably crying again today after stumbling upon a photo of my father in an old photobook I made when I was 8.
Went to the group at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday. They dont meet next week though.
Small intimate crowd. Dont know that I gained alot, but I will be going back. It was definitely nice to hear that there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
And I didnt get strange looks when I talked about still missing Jasper, my first service dog. It was nice to know that at least they understood the loss of a dog can be traumatic too.May 11, 2012 at 4:43 am #757039
I know this sounds cliche, Mary, but hang in there.
There are plenty of people in this community that can relate to the emotions you’re dealing with, not only with the loss of your Father, but the loss of Jasper as well.
Many of us truly understand that the loss of a pet can be as difficult to deal with, or even more so, than the loss of a human loved one.
I found myself getting a bit emotional today, when I had to get a certified copy of my birth certificate, for the Social Security office. It listed my Parents names and ages at the time of my birth, and I tried to imagine them at those young ages (33 and 30).
I lost my Mom, just over 45 years ago, and dad nearly 40 years ago.
Take care, and give the group another chance. I’ve never been to a grief support group, but can only imagine that you’ll feel more comfortable at each visit, as you get to know some of these folks, and they you, and you become more comfortable sharing each others’ stories.
MikeMay 12, 2012 at 12:06 am #757040
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