Living with Loss

Thursday 16th May - Ian and Carol Moore

10am for 10.30am to 4pm

Inevitably, loss is something that affects us all and yet we often find that we are ill-prepared to deal with its consequences. This loss can take many forms, e.g. bereavement, divorce, separation, identity, freedom, faith, hope, confidence, well-being... It is an untrodden path in which it’s only too easy to compound our distress through unhelpful coping mechanisms. During the day we will seek to understand the personal, emotional journey. We will look at how its possible to get 'stuck', and importantly how we can grow through loss and become better equipped for life. We will consider how we can overcome obstacles and ‘let go’ while holding onto positive memories. In essence, Living with Loss attempts to lift us above loss rather than letting it dominate our lives.

Ian and Carol bring a wealth of experience through over 30 years in pastoral ministry and prison chaplaincy. They passionately believe that loss need not be your master but rather it can be your character builder.

The day costs £25.00, includes tea/coffee on arrival, lunch and ends at 4.00pm.

Journeying with grief

Tuesday 26th November - Susie Donaldson and Margaret Bale

10am for 10.30am to 4pm

For Church leaders and those caring for those who mourn. How can we best support someone who is living with loss?

Recognising loss as an inevitable part of life, we will be identifying the emotional, physical and cognitive effects of bereavement and exploring the healing which comes through the normal process of grieving. We will also look at what happens when grieving becomes complicated and consider the impact of traumatic death, including the loss of a child. We will be guided by the Bible as we reflect on our role in caring for those who mourn. This is an interactive day and there will be opportunity to choose to share personal experiences of supporting those who grieve, in a safe environment and to receive prayer support if required. The aim of the day is to develop our understanding of bereavement so that we can offer the best support to those who are grieving.

Susie is the Director of Inspire Counselling and Training in Ipswich, and also Director of Training standards with Barnabas Counselling Training. She is also an External Verifier for The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding body. Margaret is a church leader in Suffolk and a trained counsellor. Margaret is a member of the Inspire training team, providing training in aspects of pastoral care.

The day costs £25.00, includes tea/coffee on arrival, lunch and ends at 4.00pm.