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Online Support Groups

As a special service to our partnering organizations in the Member Assistance Program, you can now refer members to one of three online support groups. Each group described below will be led by an experienced support group leader and will occur weekly, biweekly, or monthly (depending on the group consensus) for a total of six, 90-minute meetings. Groups will begin when at least five members have been referred. Members referred by their organization can participate at no cost through their Member Assistance Program, or they can pay a discounted fee by contacting the support group coordinator at 800.438.1772. Group participants will be accepted on a first-come basis.

 

"It was a great joy to hear from others who were going through the grieving process because we found comfort in the encouragement we received from each other and through God's Word. After we lost our child, we didn't really find anything locally that we felt comfortable with. This gave us the opportunity to share our loss with fellow Christians who share the same perspective that Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Thank you, WLCFS, for this Christian community of caring and support!"

—Quote from a participant in our pilot online group.    

 

Parents Grieving the Loss of an Infant Child
The loss of a child shortly after birth can be one of the most significant grieving experiences faced by parents. After this loss, parents may experience all kinds of emotions, such as shock, anger, and even guilt. Parents sometimes wonder if their sadness will ever let up. These feelings are a normal reaction to loss, and everyone copes with grief differently. Social support is one of the most helpful components of healing. Support from others who have experienced a similar loss can also be very helpful. Grief support groups can usually be found without much effort through a hospital, funeral home, or community center. It can be more difficult to find a group that focuses on grieving the loss of an infant child, and one that integrates our Christian faith in the process of support. This group is intended for parents who wish to receive Christian support from one another. 

 

Caregivers Caring for Aging or Disabled Adults
Caregivers, or those who devote themselves to the care of aging or disabled family members, face a great deal of demands. These demands of caregiving can sometimes feel overwhelming. The stress of caregiving can progress to burnout and potentially damage one’s physical or mental health. It is essential that caregivers receive support. This group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one. This group is intended for those who are providing care for aging or disabled adult family members  with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury or other chronic debilitating health conditions.

 

Parents Caring for a Severely Disabled Child
When parents receive a diagnosis that their child is disabled, they begin the process of adapting to many unanticipated challenges and long-term strains to their family. Parents or other care providers of a child with significant physical and/or mental disabilities and delays can find support from others who are facing a similar situation. This support group is intended for Christian parents of children who are severely disabled. Parents can find support for different disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy Developmental Delays, mentally impaired, Spina Bifida, seizures, brain injured, Scoliosis, CMV, Microcephaly, or rare genetic disorders. 

 

These synchronous (real-time) online video support groups provide an opportunity to those who may otherwise not have local groups available.  WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions is offering these support groups as another healing resource to members around the country who are part of an organization participating in the Member Assistance Program. To find out how to enroll your organization, please contact Dan Nommensen at 800.438.1772 or dnommensen@wlcfs.org.