The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we interact with one another, and has transformed and magnified the ways society grieves from a loss. The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford (FPCC) has announced it is moving its free seminar, “Journey to Wholeness – Healing the Grieving Heart” online, to best adjust to the current pandemic landscape. This unique seminar will take place online Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, May 16, 6PM – 8PM. Those interested in attending should call Patti Williams, seminar founder and trained pastoral bereavement counselor, to register at 908-709-1341.
Per Governor Phil Murphy, the pandemic has resulted in an increased rate of depression, alcoholism, frustration and overall hopelessness. This seminar will introduce tools and methods for participants to use during this difficult time period of self-isolation and quarantine, while learning how to cope in a positive fashion. Cranford residents Patti Williams, R.N. and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor, and Virginia Waters, PhD. Psychologist, founded the program 20 years ago, and to date, have helped over 3,000 people experience healing, find new purpose for their lives and feel joy once again.
Per Williams, “The Journey to Wholeness seminar aims to assist in all sorts of loss – jobs, divorce, death and more. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new type of loss that our society has not seen in over 100 years – a loss of our normal lives. The uncertainty introduced into everyone’s lives has sent us reeling. It is our goal to help our attendees navigate these uncertain times, process their grief and have effective tools to overcome this unique loss.”
The sessions include learning about the stages of grief and understanding the tasks of the grieving process, coping strategies and tools for the journey, taking good care of ourselves, dealing with changes, decisions, loneliness, holidays, anniversaries, building a support system and more.
Both of the leaders and all of the facilitators have experienced loss within their lives and share from “the inside out”. Bring family members and friends. All faiths are welcome.
In the words of a recent participant, name removed for privacy purposes, “Being a new resident of New Jersey and suffering the devastating loss of my husband, I felt totally isolated in my grief. The “Journey to Wholeness” Seminar saved me. It provided me not only with the “tools” to navigate through the painful grief process, but I also felt showered with the love and support that I so desperately needed. I can’t even fathom where I’d be today if I hadn’t found this amazing group.”
The seminar is dedicated to Patti’s late husband, the Rev. Dr. Bruce D. Williams who had a vision for this program and a desire to help others deal with their pain and suffering during their time of loss.