A Life, A Loss, A Story
-Unpacking Your Grief One Story at A Time-
Margaret Meade said, “When we are born, we rejoice. When we marry, we jubilate. But, when we die, we try to pretend it didn’t happen.” A Life, A Loss, A Story: Unpacking Your Grief One Story at A Time is a series of 5 interactive grief workshops that address the loss of a loved one directly and do not pretend it did not happen. These workshops are an opportunity for the participants to share their stories as well as to learn from and support each other in a safe, nurturing environment.
The five 1 ½ hour workshops help participants envision their journeys from their now into their future. Sherri Mandel says in her book, The Road to Resilience, “So know this: resilience entails change. You’re not going to bounce back to who you were. Because of your encounter with loss, you are going forward to become someone you are not yet acquainted with.”
Debbie Rotkow is not a therapist, a social worker or a religious grief counselor. She is a mother whose daughter died Wednesday morning, April 20, 2016. She has designed and facilitated these grief workshops as a gift to the memory of her daughter’s legacy and a way of coping with her own grief. Debbie has designed and facilitated workshops since 1991 on a variety of topics. For fifteen years she was co-director of the Coastal Georgia Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She also co-designed and facilitated four workshop series (32 workshops), The Story of Our Lives, at the Learning Center at Senior Citizens.
The series will be held the five Wednesday evenings in May (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29) at the JEA from 7 - 8:30. The group is limited to no more than 8 people so that everyone has an opportunity to share their ideas. The cost of this workshop series (five 1 ½ hour workshops) is $72. If you want to reserve space in this workshop series or have questions, please contact Debbie Rotkow at firstname.lastname@example.org.