Pathways Beyond Grief
Grief experienced by the family of a child with a disability is ongoing, cyclical and frequently ignored by both the family and those around them.
The Pathways Beyond Grief groups offer parents a comfortable and supportive environment where they can explore and acknowledge feelings such as sadness, anger, guilt or other feelings that can accompany the day-to-day stress they encounter.
The various age-specific groups are designed to assist the parent in developing emotional resiliency to address feelings through specific parenting stages. Each group is made up of a maximum of 10 parents. Topics focused on include your family, your story; the role of defense mechanisms; missed milestones; impact on relationships; social milestones missed as a family system; and reframing life as you know it.
Marney E. Stofflet, LCSW will be providing Pathways Beyond Grief groups for parents in Los Angeles (New Paths is for the Pasadena area). There are three groups available: New Paths for parents of children birth to 5 years of age, Journeys for parents of children 6 to 11 years of age, and Bridges for parents of children 12 to 22 years of age.
Contact your service coordinator if you are interested in registering for this group.