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Coping and Rebuilding sessions are guided by facilitators who, themselves, are separated, divorced, or widowed. Facilitators work with participants to help them through the topics discussed in the programs. Participants interact and work together. Everyone helps each other.
We have been running these programs in the Northern Virginia area since the late 1980's. We are affiliated with the Arlington Diocese Office of Marriage, Family, and Respect Life. Participants from all faiths are welcome to attend.
During the first hour of each meeting, a facilitator presents an introduction to the topic and makes relevant announcements. Facilitators talk about the topic of the week, and one or more of them gives a personal talk about their experience. Some weeks we will have guest speakers. After the speakers are done, everyone moves to breakout groups, each with one or more facilitators. Widows and widowers have their own breakout group (with facilitators who are widowed); the other breakout groups are for people going through separation and/or divorce. In the breakout groups, everyone helps each other by discussing feelings, thoughts, concerns, and experiences related to the topic.