Violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations

Grief Support

Join MIC every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month for our Grief Support Meetings
Lite Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Call Mothers in Charge for more information- 215-228-1718

1415 N Broad Street, Suite 229, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Losing a loved one through an act of violence is a very traumatic experience. No one can ever be prepared for such a loss. No amount of counseling, prayer, justice, restitution or compassion can ever bring a loved one back. When someone is murdered, the death is sudden, violent, final and incomprehensible. The survivors’ world is abruptly changed forever. The awareness that your loved one’s dreams will never be realized hits. Life has suddenly lost meaning and many survivors report that they cannot imagine ever being happy again. Homicide survivors will each experience the death differently, as each person had a unique relationship with the victim. A survivor’s own personal history of trauma will also affect the manner in which they experience the death. It is important to remember that no two people grieve the same way, with the same intensity or for the same duration. The grief process if often characterized as work because it is laborious and difficult. There is no timetable for this process. Losing a loved one causes survivors to adjust their lives in order to cope. Grief can be a long, painful process, but it can be managed with assistance from friends, family, and professional support.

To assist survivors in the grieving process Mothers In Charge offers Individual and Group Grief Support.

Individual Grief Support is available by calling Mothers In Charge office for an appointment. It is recommended that new grief support members meet individually at least once before attending their first group meeting.

Group Grief Support meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the MIC office from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

There is also a Grief Support Program sponsored by Enon Tabernacle and MIC that meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday. More info Here


Meet The Newest Addition to the Mothers In Charge Family

 

BettyPotterBetty Potter is a Certified Bereavement Facilitator and CEO of Blessed Are They That Mourn since 2004. Blessed Are They That Mourn focuses upon coaching people, either in groups or a one-on-one basis regarding loss and bereavement, utilizing a facilitation process that offers hope for the future.

 

Additionally she has six years experience as a hospice volunteer and was certified as a Reiki I Practitioner for the hospice patients which further lends to her understanding of end of life patients and its effect upon families.

 

She is certified in Pastoral Crisis Intervention. Betty has facilitated many workshops throughout the tri-state area. She has been a guest several times on Radio Station WURD, 900 AM, The Electric Magazine Show and WURD’s Morning Show with Phil Allen. She has served as a panelist and workshop presenter for GirlfriendConnect, and Club 55 Plus. She has also been a radio guest for the Karen Harcum Show.

Betty was inspired to create “Blessed Are They That Mourn” out of her personal traumas, dealing with multiple losses of loved ones, suicides and other violent deaths. She prefers the title Coach rather than Counselor and in her practice focuses on engaging others in discovering and discussing deep-seated pain. Her methods include transparency, and valuing her clients belief system coupled with practical theoretical application offering a vision of hope for the future.

Her website www.blessedaretheythatmourn.com – Peace for your Heart is descriptive of the many areas of trauma that are encountered which may impact our lives. Betty’s newsletters cover various topics including divorce, job loss, declining health and death.

Betty believes that we all experience traumatic losses throughout our lifetime. Often the way losses were handled by us, our families or our culture in the past reflects the way we grieve subsequent losses.

She has a BS in Human Services from Antioch University and was a Human Services Director in both the governmental and health care sectors for over fourteen years. Her profession as an HR Director in a union environment required her to utilize sensitivity, active listening skills and representation of all people including those with various cultures, disabilities, declining health, lay-offs and employee deaths with its many faceted issues, all of which offered a natural transition into her current profession.