At first we believed that two years was a sufficient period of time, because we did not want to encourage people to become “professional mourners.” Over time and at the members request we began to see the value of offering more group support. The Alumni groups deal less with loss and more with “return to life” issues. They discuss dating, loneliness, socialization, “what to do with the rest of my life,” giving back to the community and volunteer work. They stay connected to each other and continue to network and socialize but they also enjoy sharing ideas and hearing the opinions of others in similar situations.

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