Our Grief Support Group will meet beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 1 PM to 3 PM at Generations. All are welcome at no charge.
Karen Jurgens: Bereavment Support Provider
Karen (Martin) Jurgens has spent most of her life in northern Wisconsin, and grew up in the Tripoli area. She is married to Lawrence, a retired UPS driver of 33 years, and a mother of five adult children and one grandson. Karen has a rich history in helping others. In 1985 she was hired by Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, as their Sexual Assault Coordinator. She also volunteered with Dr.Kate-Lakeland Hospice and became a Grief Support Group facilitator through their program. Karen has done Grief Support Groups in Tomahawk. Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, complimented by Art Therapy, Communication and Psychology. For over 25 years, she has been an Associate of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Tomahawk Cluster. Karen also taught Catholic Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes. As part of her Associate Ministry, she facilitates Bereavement Peer Support Group and is also available to lead the Rosary Service when requested. Karen and her family have been members of St. Mary’s Parish from 1963.Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It’s important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you’re not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and don’t be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.
A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:
- Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.
- The healing process happens gradually, and can’t be rushed or ignored.
- It’s okay to cry…but it’s also okay if you find that you can’t. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one.
- There’s no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.
- Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.
- The mind and body are deeply connect. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.
- It’s always okay to seek professional help when you need to.
We’ve compiled a list of links to websites, support groups and other resources that can widen your support network and help you to come to terms with your loss, cope with your grief, and begin your journey to recovery.
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