Walk With Me ® Grief Support Group

  • FREE
  • Sponsored by William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, Utica, MI
  • Facilitated by a Professional Grief Counselor
  • Offered four times per year, seasonally
  • Meets Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m.

2018 Schedule:

  • Winter: January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 6, 20
  • Spring: March 27; April 10, 24; May 8, 22; June 5
  • Summer: June 12, 26; July 10, 24; August 7, 21
  • Fall: September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 6, 20

The Walk With Me ® Grief Support Group is facilitated by Tonya Ratliff, the Owner and Director of Trinity Family Counseling Center. Offered at no cost to the community, this group is designed to provide the attendee with an overview of the entire grief journey.

Tonya’s approach to the group is one fueled by unconditional compassion, as she assists those in attendance in coping with the anguishing adjustment to a life that has changed without their permission.

For information or to register, call Tonya today at 586-254-3663, ext. 1

Topics include:

Grief takes Courage
  • Overview of Group
  • “What is Grief?”
  • Six Central Needs of Mourning
  • “What Does ‘Acceptance’ Mean?”
Emotional Shock and Societal Myths
  • Basic truths about Grieving
  • Sharing of Photos
Special Days and Holidays
  • Memories and Traditions
  • Making Changes
Suffering and Disorganization
  • Emotions and Coping
  • “Am I Stuck?”
Remembering and Honoring
  • “What Have I Learned?”
  • Closing

Presented by Tonya Ratliff, LPC, NCC, ACS

Tonya Ratliff, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS

“Life has changed without my permission.”

My journey to the field of professional counseling–more specifically grief counseling–began with this profound realization. My own mother died when I was a young mother myself, and as a result of her death, I suddenly realized how little control I had over anything at all. A few years later, as I began my graduate studies in the counseling field, I was immediately drawn to grief work.

Those who are grieving the loss of someone they love are truly suffering through no fault of their own. The emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical assault of loss is profoundly overwhelming and life-changing.

The ability to successfully navigate your grief work involves tolerating [rather than avoiding] the emotional pain, and recognizing that your unique and very personal grief experience will be a very lonely place for an undetermined period of time. These insights, forced upon us in our darkest moments, can help us reconcile the fact that life has indeed, changed forever, without our permission.

Our task, when working through our grief, becomes figuring out how to take this experience–as part of what now defines us–and move forward in our own life.

Trinity Family Counseling Center
45445 Mound Rd, Suite 111 Shelby TwpMI48317 USA 
 • 586-254-3663

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