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Grief Support and Education

WinterSpring program offers sharing, learning, and healing

Every morning someone wakes up in the Rogue Valley with an ache inside because a loved one has died. Sometimes people run from that ache. Sometimes they meet it heart first. People overwhelmed by loss often don’t believe healing is possible. But they don’t have to wait until the pain gets unbearable to call WinterSpring.

WinterSpring creates a safe and confidential environment for sharing, learning, and healing through grief. Through shared stories, connection to other grievers, and tools for healthy grieving, we can all find healing for our losses.

Our team offers compassionate phone support, assessment, group grief support, individual peer support, resources, and referrals. WinterSpring also offers grief education for organizations and individuals interested in creating understanding about and support for grief.

WinterSpring began in 1989 as a response to meet the unmet needs of those experiencing grief and not receiving support in Jackson County. It was started by four nurses who wanted to provide more for their patients. The aim was to provide a safe environment for children, teens, and adults to fully mourn their loss with compassionate and trained volunteers to guide and support them.

Today, as part of The Learning Well, the program provides:

Support Groups
Bereavement support groups typically run 6 to 8 weeks and guide participants through the shadowlands of grief to uncover their own inner resources and resilience. Support groups are designed to provide information about the natural trajectory of grief, as well as emotions that can seem chaotic and unrelenting. Facilitators provide tools to develop self-understanding in a sacred space for sharing, healing, and transformation to occur. Participants join groups as they start and can rejoin groups as often as they need. To register for groups, call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org. WinterSpring staff will call to answer questions, offer support, and complete group registration.

Grief Companions
WinterSpring has trained volunteers who can act as one-on-one peer companions until the right group is available. To request a grief companion, call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org to learn more.

Youth Programs
WinterSpring offers facilitated peer support groups for children and teens in local schools. If you are an educator, school counselor, or school administrator and are interested in a WinterSpring group at your school, call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org to learn more. If you are the parent or caregiver of a grieving child, please reach out and let us know what support you need.

Grief Education
WinterSpring offers:

  • Trainings for educators and administrators to better support grieving children in the classrooms
  • Trainings for individuals interested in learning how to better support those who are grieving in their community
  • Education for supporting grief and loss in the workplace
  • Supportive education for clubs, teams, and other organizations that have felt the impact of loss and want to learn how to support each other

Our fall 2022 schedule

Groups

Classes

Navigating the Stormy Seas of Grief

This six-week online group offers knowledge, wisdom, and practical tools to support your grief journey. In this group, you will:

  • Uncover myths and old beliefs that can contribute to negative thoughts about grief and mourning
  • Explore the nature of grief and its impact as well as the importance of active mourning for healthy grieving
  • Discover simple ways to de-stress and calm the mind
  • Discover how to work with difficult feelings while uncovering inner resources to feel more empowered and balanced
  • Explore ways of creating meaningful rituals
Details

Schedule: 5:30- 7 p.m. over six Thursdays: Oct. 6, 20, and 27 and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 6.
Language: English
Format: Online
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Circle of Grief

Circle of Grief is a general in-person support group for people who have lost a loved one. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other. Call 541-552-0620 for more information. Depending on the type of loss you’ve experienced, we may recommend this or other groups for you.

DETAILS

Schedule: 5:30-7 p.m. over six plus Thursdays: Oct. 20 and  27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 20.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma sensitive yoga uses breath and movement to help people feel safe and in charge of their bodies after trauma. The focus is on how stretching and moving feels to each person. This class guides people slowly and safely in noticing and building the connection between body and mind. It can help people release tension and manage emotions.

Details

Schedule: 5-6 p.m. over five Wednesdays: Sept. 7, 14, and 28 and Oct. 5 and 12. Participants can join on any date.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Wellness Center, 730 Biddle Road, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Suicide Loss Survivors Group

While all grief is traumatic, WinterSpring recognizes that the suicide death of a loved one comes with different challenges. This ongoing group is for adults grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

Details

Schedule: 5:30- 7 p.m. over six Thursdays: Oct. 6, 20, and 27 and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 6.
Language: English
Format: Online
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Spouse and Partner Loss Group

Losing a spouse or life partner can bring financial challenges, social challenges, and loss of identity. This group offers help to people who feel alone in facing these changes. Participants say being part of support group with others who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner is a life-giving way to face their loss and embrace life once again. This group provides a chance to be supported and to offer support, too. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

Details

Schedule: 3:30 to 5 p.m. over seven Mondays: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 and Nov. 7 and 14. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 3.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Bereaved Parents Group

This group is for people grieving the death of a child of any age. It offers parents experiencing a devastating loss the opportunity to be supported and to have the chance to offer support. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

Details

Schedule: 5:30 to 7 p.m. over seven Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 21 and Nov. 1, 8, and 15. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 4.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Seasons of Grief

This group offers support and understanding for people struggling with grief around the holidays. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

Details

Schedule: 3 to 4:30 p.m. over seven Wednesdays beginning Nov. 9. Participants must join when the group starts.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Children’s Program

The WinterSpring Children’s Program offers support and education to children ages 6-12 and their adults. Children meet every two weeks with our experienced team of companions to learn about the grieving process and share their grief with their peers. They will memorialize their loved ones and learn skills that will help them help themselves and others throughout their lives.

Adults have the option to meet in their own group to support each other in shared grief. They can learn about the grief processes of children and about healthy grieving practices. With these skills, they can support themselves and their children through the challenges that grief brings.

Details

Schedule: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays following the school calendar. Groups start Oct. 10 and 17 and again in January. Kids and adults can join and leave when they’re ready.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org.


Basic Self-Compassion for Helpers

This group aims to give helpers the skills and support they need as they support others. It offers a combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavior skills to help shape thoughts, feelings, and actions. It includes a strong emphasis on self-compassion to enable group members to access inner resources to approach their work with emotional stability, resiliency, and presence. Groups are led by a facilitator and are an opportunity for participants to learn from each other.

Details

Schedule: 3:30 to 5 p.m. over six Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 and Nov. 1 and 8. Participants must join when the group starts on Oct. 4.
Language: English
Format: In person at La Clinica Center for Learning and Innovation, 931 Chevy Way, Medford
Cost: Free

To register or for details: Call 541-552-0620 or email info@winterspring.org

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