JOYFUL AGAIN! Widowed Ministry *
(About our Ministry)
If you’ve been widowed, you know that it feels as though a part of your heart has been torn out!
If you haven’t been widowed, you can’t understand how long it takes for a widowed friend of yours or co-worker to get back to”normal” after the death of his or her mate.
Becoming widowed means every minute of your life has changed. It takes some time for you to adjust to and handle the stress that all of this constant change creates.
That is why new widows/widowers seem “not their usual self”. Being widowed throws who you are out of balance - short temper, short memory, short concentration - all are signs of always refocusing and adjusting to all the changes in your mind and spirit.
When the time does come that you make a conscious decision to find hope in your life and you want to try to find some joy in your life, the Joyful Again! widowed retreat is there to help.
For more than 30 years this retreat weekend for widows and widowers has been gently guiding the newly widowed through their grief journey and into the next part of living the life God wants for them.
The Joyful Again! program works in conjunction with and complimentary to existing programs that address grief immediately after a death. But more to the point, Joyful Again! is there months (and even years) afterward, helping widows/widowers resolve ongoing grief or helping them over a place where they seem stuck. We also help them look back on what they’ve been through as they now prepare to move on with their lives.
This ecumenical weekend program is healing, transitional and supportive - depending on where people are in their personal journey through the loss.
Often, attendees are surprised at how compassionate and understanding our staff is. This shouldn’t be surprising though. Each staff member has also been widowed. They have walked the walk.
During the 2 days of the retreat you will view films, have quiet reflection time and participate in small group discussions. We enable participants to process their loss at
their own pace and continue to heal while still treasuring their memories.
Over the years our program has served thousands. Having originated in the Chicago area, Joyful Again! now has several chapters around the country.