Once a widowed senior has moved beyond the initial stages of loss, they enter a new, unfamiliar phase of life living alone and socializing. Dating and a variety of other topics are now part of this new challenge of being solo and finding support for this transitional period has not always been easy. Recognizing this void, the Faulk Center for Counseling has introduced, Moving Forward: A Discussion and Support Group for Widows and Widowers, every Wednesday, from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.
“There is dearth of support groups available in the community for widows and widowers who have moved beyond the bereavement stage,” said Holly Katz, Ph. D, Program and Training Director at the Faulk Center. “During their transition to a new life phase, these people would benefit from the support of others dealing with similar issues such as living independently and dating.” The group was initiated in January, with a special presentation by Hal Spielman, author of Suddenly Solo, A Lifestyle Road Map for the Mature Widowed or Divorced Man, speak to the Center’s educators, students and volunteers about the research he did for his book and the lessons learned from his surveys of 1600 widowed men and women age 55 and over. The group has been very well received, and is currently accepting new participants. The cost of the group is $5 per session. Call the Center at (561) 483-5300 for more information.
The Faulk Center for Counseling also offers individual, family, and group counseling to children, teens, adults, and seniors through a variety of free and low cost mental health programs. Other weekly support groups are offered for seniors, young adults, and to address women’s issues and men’s issues, including discussion of topics which are particularly relevant to their lives. For more information and to schedule an initial evaluation session, please contact the Faulk Center at (561) 483-5300.
About the Faulk Center for Counseling
The Faulk Center for Counseling, formerly the Center for Group Counseling, has been providing free and low-cost mental health services since 1973 to people of all ages. The Faulk Center provides psychological and mental health counseling to everyone from children to the elderly, including individual, couples and families plus support groups for specific concerns including caregivers, divorce and separation, men’s, women’s and senior’s issues. Groups are led by graduate students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees and are co-led by volunteer group leaders. All volunteers and graduate students are trained and supervised by the Faulk Center for Counseling’s staff of licensed clinical professionals.
For more information, visit www.faulkcenterforcounseling.org or call 561-483-5300.