Steve Sweatt, clinical director

by Steve Sweatt, CGS Clinical Director

Naturally, loss survivors need three types of support while grieving.  1. We need family and friends who can listen and understand. 2. We need those who can help us navigate the material adjustments inherent in survivorship. 3. And we need friends and family to provide distractions from the prolonged grief.

The most helpful support comes from other loss survivors with a similar loss – a bond forms. It’s important for survivors to engage in self-care. Likewise, it’s important to be aware of their need for support during survivorship.

As a result of COVID-19, our staff/leadership have observed an increased need for more connection, support, and engagement. To honor this need for human contact, proactive response, and consistent care in this increasingly less personal, “hands-off” information age, CGS is building a “relationship” program. The program aims to engage and reconnect with former counseling clients, support-group alumni, friendship groups, and volunteers during times of potential stress. CGS wants to remain a resource by providing articles, TED Talks, YouTube videos, social media influencers, new research, and educational programs. 

In conclusion, we will continue to keep the CGS family apprised of upcoming special events, including friendship activities, alumni reunions, memorial celebrations, community education programs, and fundraisers, such as our Lift Your Spirits Gala, Magic City M+C Festival, and Tree of Lights. These initiatives foster mutual support, fellowship, and connection among loss survivors. 

How can Community Grief Support render more effective care to you and other alumni of our agency?  Feel free to share your thoughts with us.