Life After Death of Spouse

LADOS provides a forum where widowed men and women of all ages meet monthly to compassionately and practically encourage one another to grieve in their unique way. In addition to helping process grief, LADOS focuses on redefining one’s future and encouraging the participants to embrace the ‘now’ life.

Programs for LADOS are designed to offer solace, comfort and guidance through the myriad of emotions experienced. Speakers, most often widowed, address one of these topics: understanding and reconciling grief; loneliness and aloneness; emotions of guilt, anger, anxiety and fear; resolving unfinished issues; the ongoing paper blitz and finances; taking care of oneself– tears and laughter are both healing; authentic remembering; anticipating holidays and other special days and other topics. After the main presentation, facilitated small group discussions give the opportunity for people to share experiences and feelings. This exchange of ideas has aided many in making appropriate decisions. The role of LADOS is to respectfully support participants’ efforts to courageously endure their suffering and to provide the care and connection found in a mutual help experience which aids in making life meaningful again.

Meetings are the second Sunday of every month at 7:00 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines, IA.

2018 LADOS Programs

The following are the topics for the 2018 monthly meetings. When planning the meetings our goal is to cover a variety of the challenges that are met in grief; topics are in no particular order.* Our hope is the discussions, the fellowship and just being with others on the grief journey will continue to give you the courage to fully grieve. Please know that you are welcome to join us any 2nd Sunday, regardless of length of time since the death of your spouse. Any questions or concerns call the DMARC office at 515-277-6969.

January 14 “I Feel Like a Different Person – Is This Normal?”
February 11 Helping Family in Grief
March 11 Being Prepared
April 8 My Story and What I’ve Learned
May 13 Keeping the Memory Alive; Balloon Release
June 10 Grief – Will I Ever Get Over It?
July 8 Loneliness vs. Aloneness and Depression
August 12 Mind, Body and Spirit
September 9 My Story and What I’ve Learned
October 14 Preparing for the Holidays; Coping with Special Days
November 11 A Mourner’s Bill of Rights
December 9 Remembering & Honoring Our Spouse

*Topics are subject to change.