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.

2019 LADOS Programs

The following are the topics for the 2019 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 13 “Telling My Story”
February 10 “Valentine’s Day – Coping When There Are Couples Everywhere”
March 10 “Being Prepared”
April 14 “Closure – Is There Such a Thing in Grief?”
May 12 “Keeping the Memory Alive; Creating a Memorial;” Balloon Release
June 9 “Facing All the Firsts”
July 14 “Coping with Early Stages of Grief”
August 11 “Telling My Story”
September 8 “Changes, Coping with Our New Life, Aloneness”
October 13 “Preparing for the Holidays; Coping with Special Days”
November 10 “What Do I Do When…”
December 8 “Remembering & Honoring Our Spouse”

*Topics are subject to change.