Designed for facilitators of groups for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women, this volume examines a programme that focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. The book is based on the accumulated experience of the authors and their continuing evaluation of groups they have facilitated over the past eight years. Both material for clients and easy-to-follow scripts for group leaders are included. Educational rather than therapeutic, the programme includes sessions on family roles, boundaries, feelings and assertiveness skills. It is designed to enable abused women to: understand the problem and reality of abuse for the entire family; set realistic goals; become aware of lifelong
Chapter 5: About Feelings: Grief, Fear, and Guilt
About Feelings: Grief, Fear, and Guilt
ALL FEELINGS ARE AS NATURAL AS BEING THIRSTY. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG TO THEM. THEY JUST ARE!
Session V Text
Sadness and Grief
When we talk about sadness and grief, we are talking about appropriate responses to loss of any kind. It may be loss of a loved one, of a relationship, of childhood, of a dream, of a sense of identity, or of a job or home. It may be because of a perceived failure. Whatever the cause, these feelings hurt badly, and we sometimes wonder [Page 86]whether it is normal to feel this way. Abused women particularly ask often what is the matter with them. To save themselves and their children, they have ...