Grief Support Groups
Welcome to HeartLight Center
On behalf of the Heartlight community,
we are glad you are here.
At HeartLight, we know your story is unique and the pain of grief can be intensely personal.
That doesn’t mean you have to face it alone.
HeartLight Center is a non-profit that companions and educates people through their grief to find hope. HeartLight offers virtual and in person grief support groups, workshops, seminars and resources for individuals and organizations.
Join a Monthly Grief Support Group
Heart Light Center kindly requests that you register for in-person groups prior to attendance. Online registration will close 24-hours prior to group. Please contact us at email@example.com with questions or for more information.
With regards to COVID precautions:
*HeartLight Center is committed to ensuring a safe environment and will follow all state and local guidelines related to COVID-19.
*If you are unvaccinated it is encouraged to continue to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and maintain social distancing.
*If you have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have any symptoms of illness, we invite you to join our programs virtually.
*At this time, in-person groups will be capped at 15 participants.
Loss of a Parent(s)
An ongoing support group for those who have experienced the death of a parent(s). Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm (MST) at HeartLight Center.
Men’s Loss of Spouse/Partner Support Group
A peer support group dedicated to addressing the unique issues encountered by men who have experienced the death of a spouse, partner, or significant other. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm (MST). This is a “hybrid” group, there is ability to attend virtually by Zoom or in-person at HeartLight Center, when you register you can indicate your preference.
5+ Year Loss of Spouse/Partner
An ongoing support group for people who have experienced the death of a spouse, partner or significant other, five or more years ago. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at HeartLight Center at 7pm (MST).
Loss of Spouse/Partner
An ongoing support and educational group for people who have experienced the death of a spouse, partner or significant other. If your loss is recent or years ago, you are welcome to spend an evening with others who are on a similar journey. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4pm(MST) and on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm (MST) at HeartLight Center.
Young Loss of Spouse/Partner
6+ Months Support Group
An ongoing peer support group for adults 45 and under who have lost a spouse, partner or significant other who are 6 months or more post loss. This group focuses on topical and small group discussions. This group meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Highlands Church in Denver at 7pm (MST).
Young Loss of Spouse/Partner
No-Timeline Support Group
An ongoing peer support group for adults 45 and under who have lost a spouse, partner or significant other, recently or years ago. This group typically meets the 3rd Friday of the month at 6pm (MST) at HeartLight Center.
Upcoming Special Events
We welcome you to join us for upcoming seminars and workshops that explore various topics on the grief journey.
Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time
What to Do with your Loved One’s Possessions
Monday, October 25th at 7pm (MST)
Participants may attend in person at HeartLight Center 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave, Denver or Virtually on Zoom
Suggested donation: $25
There is no set time that is appropriate for sorting through your loved one’ personal belongings. Their possessions tell a beautiful story of their lives and deciding what to do with the items is often daunting and confusing. Whether you are struggling where to begin or you are pondering a few items, join us for an evening of guidance, frank conversations and ideas of how to memorialize your loved one through their personal belongings. Our loved one’s possessions embody memories that should be saved, shared, and treasured.
Dr. Alan Wolfelt Programs
Dr. Alan Wolfelt has been recognized as one of North America’s leading death educators and grief counselors. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. He founded the Center for Loss in 1984 to offer education and support both to grievers and bereavement caregivers. He is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing as well as his companioning philosophy of grief care. Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief-related topics, offers trainings for caregivers, and has written many bestselling books, including First Aid for Broken Hearts, and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people.
We invite you to register to attend one of our upcoming programs being hosted at the Horan & McConaty building at 5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122.
Tending to a Broken Heart – a Program for the Community
Topic: Tending to Your Broken Heart When Someone Dies: Hope for Your Healing
Sponsor: Horan & McConaty
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (MST)
Why this Program?
This is an opportunity to learn some essential information that Dr. Wolfelt has learned in his four decades of “companioning” thousands of people in grief. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a best-selling author about how to integrate grief into your life, your living, and your loving. If you know anyone who would benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you, your family, and your friends join us.
Purpose: Dr. Alan Wolfelt is one of North America’s leading grief counselors and the author of many best-selling books about healing in grief. This compassionate program will acknowledge that loss is an unavoidable part of human life, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from living well. The content of this evening program is based on Dr. Wolfelt’s book, First Aid for Broken Hearts.
Agenda: Among the content areas to be explored in this program are the following:
- Broken Hearts: A Broader Framework for Loss
- Exploring the “Ripple Effect” of Grief: Loss of Self, Security, Meaning
- Understanding the Value of Convalescence
- Distinguishing Grief from Mourning
- The Unique Influences on Your Grief
- Describing Potential Dimensions of Your Response
- Identifying the Six Central Needs of Mourning
- Understanding Your Self-Care Essentials
- Hope for Your Healing: Reconciliation versus Resolution
Understanding Grief Overload – a Program for Professional and Volunteer Caregivers
Topic: Understanding Grief Overload: Principles and Practices
Sponsor: Horan & McConaty
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (MST)
Purpose: This workshop will help members of the caregiving community explore the critically important topic of supporting people that experience too much loss. Grief overload occurs when someone experiences too many significant losses all at once or in a relatively short period of time. Our human minds and hearts have enough trouble coping with one loss at a time, but when a person has to integrate multiple losses simultaneously, the grief experience has many special features that both need and deserve attention. Come join us and have Dr. Alan Wolfelt take you on a journey into the lessons he has learned when supporting people that have encountered grief overload.
Who Should Attend: This compassionate workshop will help anyone who wants to learn more about how to support those who have experienced grief overload. Counselors, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, nurses, and other interested health care professionals helping individuals cope with drug-overdose deaths are encouraged to attend. Regardless of your specific job title or life role, you can and will benefit from this learning experience.
Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to:
- Demonstrate sensitivity to the special features of grief overload.
- Explain the essential ingredients of the grief caregiver
- Describe the different forms of grief overload.
- Understand the various dimensions of response to grief overload.
- Learn a model to “companion” not “treat” the grief overload survivor.
Among the content areas to be explored in this workshop are the following:
- Introduction: Acknowledging the Importance of the Topic
- Definition of Grief Overload
- Essential Ingredients of the Grief Caregiver
- Understand the Different Forms of Grief Overload
- Acknowledge Grief Overload and COVID-19
- Reviewing Potential Dimensions of Response
- Introduction to “Companioning” Versus “Treating” Grief Overload
- Facilitating Six Central Needs of Mourning
- “Reconciliation” Versus “Resolution” of Grief
- Warning, Challenge, Reminder, Hope
Our professional support network can connect you to the resources that will meet your needs.