Program helps families impacted by the death of a loved one

A support group is being offered in Lafayette to help families connect and find hope after the death of a loved one.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 11:55 AM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2018 12:19 PM

Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) — After the death of a loved one, grief can be an overwhelming experience for a family. There is a place you can go to find hope if you need it. 

The BRIDGe will meet for eight consecutive weeks starting on Feb. 27. The support group is being held at Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate School in Lafayette. BRIDGe stands for By Remembering I Develop and Grow. This program is free and sponsored by the Guardian Angel Foundation.

Foundation Program Director Stephanie Guinn went through the BRIDGe program with her daughters. This was after her husband died suddenly in 2010.


"The path is not always straight and it's difficult," said Guinn. "It has its bumps and challenges and that will always be the case even after going through a program like this, but it lets you see that there is a way to still get over those bumps and go around all the curves that come with it."

Each meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights. The meeting will start with a complimentary dinner followed by break out sessions. Guinn said there are sessions for children, preteens, teenagers, and adults. She said families who experience loss don't always know how to respond to each other.

"Everybody grieves in different ways and so it gives them a way to learn about each other's grief and how they process it maybe differently than themselves," said Guinn. "They also learn from other families who are going through something similar or have gone through something similar in the past."

Before you participate in this program you need to call the BRIDGe coordinator. Background information about your family will be gathered and more information about the program will be shared. You should register by Friday, Feb. 23. People can call 800-338-4043 for more information or to sign up.

If you can't make it to the BRIDGe, the Guardian Angel Foundation offers other services. Camp Angel Day Camp will be held in Lafayette on June 2, May 19 in Kokomo, and Nov. 3 in Frankfort. Camp Angel Teel Retreat will be held Sep. 21-23 at Camp Tecumseh and April 27-29 at ARK Christian Ministries.

All programs are open to anyone residing in our 30 county service area.

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