Programming

Companioning

Grief is the internal thoughts and feelings we have when someone we love dies. Mourning is the outward expression of our grief. We all grieve when someone we love dies. If we are to find comfort, we must also mourn.

What is Companioning?

The companioning model of grief care was developed by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, founder of The Center for Loss and Life Transition, Fort Collins, Colorado. Companioning is not a medical treatment model of assessing, analyzing, fixing or resolving, but about providing a space for you to share your feelings in response to your profound loss. Companioning is anchored in respecting and exploring the uniqueness of your loss while allowing you to share your grief and how it impacts you.

Bri’s Lodge grief companions are certified by The Center for Loss and Life Transitions with a minimum of 150 hours of classes and training which are recognized by Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Grief companions are trained to:

  • Journey with you in your grief journey.
  • Honor your spirit and your loved one’s spirit.
  • Be present to your pain.
  • Sit in sacred silence while listening with the heart.
  • Listen to your story.

Grief is like a long, winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

C. S. Lewis

Our professinals use a holistic approach of the five senses with mind, body and spirit to help you learn how to integrate your loss in a healthy way–to grieve and mourn.

  1. Be present to your loss.
  2. Dispel misconceptions about grief.
  3. Embrace your unique grief.
  4. Explore your feelings of loss and grief.
  5. Acknowledge you are not crazy.
  6. Help you understand the needs of grief and mourning.
  7. Support finding ways to nurture yourself.
  8. Provide resources for help.
  9. Assist in integrating your new reality. 
  10. Honor your grief journey. 

Future plans for Bri’s Lodge includes Grief Support Groups and Grief Retreats.