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Widowed Support Group to start again in September at LOACC


Each individual grieves in his or her own way. While many people will find that they do not need or want help with their grief, some people will seek individual counseling. by: SUBMITTED - Psychologist Chyrelle Martin will facilitate the Widowed Support Group beginning Sept. 4.

Others want group support. Every loss is different in some way, but grief often shares common characteristics of leaving people feeling isolated by feelings of sadness and loss. Through support groups, individuals can find validation and feel like they are not alone.

The Widowed Support Group will return this fall to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Chyrelle Martin, a psychologist specializing in treating older adults, is the new group facilitator. Martin comes to the center with a great deal of experience working with adults, older adults and groups with various mental health issues. Martin is enthusiastic about coordinating the group and feels it is a great opportunity to become more involved in the community.

“The Widowed Support Group provides me with an opportunity to express two of my particular interests: working with older adults and working with those who have suffered loss. My hope is that I and group members can create a warm and safe place for members to share their experiences and gain support,” said Martin.

The group will meet the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Cedar room. The first meeting will be held Sept. 4. Support groups are provided as a service to the community, no fee or registration required.

The VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors) offers free facilitated discussion groups on topics important to people 60 years and above. The interactive conversations provide a forum for discussion as well as an opportunity to explore new possibilities and resources. Check out these upcoming conversations being held at center. Registration required.

“Oregon Advance Directive,” Sept. 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about your choices and explore your feelings about the decision ahead.

“The Elder Journey,” Oct. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come join a thoughtful discussion about the new roles that appear for you as you enter this next stage of life.

“Holiday Wellness,” Nov. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Identify what is important to you about the holidays and explore ways to bring joy and meaning into your celebrations and reduce stress.

Aug. 23, through Aug. 29

The center is closed for annual cleaning and maintenance. Maintenance workers and Meals on Wheels volunteers are asked to use the employee entrance on the west side of the building; all other doors will remain locked. There will be no congregate meals served during closure, however home-delivered meals will continue as usual and will be delivered by a Meals on Wheels volunteer. We will be back open Sept. 2 with a few new and exciting changes. Hope to see you then.