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TEARS Support Group in LA
      12/10/01 01:22 PM

TEARS: Support Group (in Los Angeles)

We are a support group for anyone, except for those infected with AIDS.

Attached you will find our flyer and our web site.

For more information go to our web site at www.members.tripod.com/hopestears/index.htm
Our e-mail is vivalapoem@yahoo.com
Call us for information @323-462-8511

Our mission: See below.
We meet twice a week Mondays @ 6pm and Thursdays @ 7pm.

Until the last breath has been taken, we are committed to giving each other hope and support. But also, as the sick become weaker we are allowing ourselves to talk about death without shame or giving up hope. Hope is life. As long as our sick lovers, family and friends are alive, we want them to live it with all the strength of their being.

TEARS is created as a space to talk with people affected by someone sick with AIDS that they love. Someone who is close to death and has begun to think about outcomes other than recovery, or the hopes of being well enough to live a life less interrupted by constant illness. It is very difficult to talk about death and giving up. We are not giving up by talking about our fears, frustrations, concerns and sadness, we are making ourselves stronger.

TEARS Support Group will use spirituality, information, smiles and laughter to overcome difficult times, and offer a space of non-judgment when expressing feelings concerning the pain experienced by a loved one.

We hope to allow each person to be heard and comforted at each meeting. As well, we hope to allow each member a chance to heal, grow and identify with other members’ experience.

At each meeting there will be a co-facilitator with a MS in Counseling who will offer additional support and give guidance to aid its members and the groups direction. The group is not for individual counseling but for community support.

Meeting outline: Meetings are approximately two hours long.

Each meeting begins with member introductions.
We will make announcements, pass out or gather information.
We will choose a topic or discuss a scheduled *topic.
We will have a half hour to allow anyone who needs extra help to speak.
We will close with a spiritual good thought for strength.
We will occasionally have guest speakers.
*Topics are given by members or by the facilitator.

Thank you!





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