Sierrah Acres offers specialized sessions and workshops for coping with grief.

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Grief has a multitude of definitions, and it can be helpful to understand that no two individuals experience grief the same way. When dealing with a life-altering change and its spectrum of circumstances, the pain, coping and healing varies from person to person.

Severe illness or the death of a loved one, the divorce or breakdown of a family, abandonment, retirement from a lifetime of employment, or routine as you once knew it - are just some areas where grief can take place. 


At Sierrah Acres, all Equine Assisted Grief Sessions and Workshops offer individual support and are tailored to suit the needs and comfort level of each participant. Through our initial conversation and registration process, assistance is available in helping to decide which program is best suited for the individual or group.

While working along side the horses in a safe and next to nature envrionment, four stages of grief will set the foundation:

  • Understanding the reality of loss

  • Experiencing the pain or emotional aspect of loss

  • Adjusting to an environment where the loss is missing

  • Relocating the loss within one's life and finding healthy ways to memorialize them 

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All grief sessions and workshops are co-created and are available upon request:

FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES:

A series of 4-6 pre-determinined weekly or bi-weekly private sessions, approximately 2-hours in length, further developed and built on from the previous weeks.  

A full day - approximately 6-hours in length, intensive workshop, based on and journeying through the stages of grief. Connecting with yourself and/or your family through mindful time spent in a peace-filled environment. Experience interactive activities with the horses using some outside-the-box thinking will provide you with lasting and positive memories.

 

FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

A half day - approximately 4 hours, or full day - approximately 6-hours, co-created Field Trip. While sharing their common bond together as a group, participants will be gently lead through and touch on various stages of grief, while experiencing horses and the environment in a unique and eye-opening way.

Choose from our 2 or 3 full, consecutive day Workshops - approximately 6-hours per day, co-created. This Sierrah Acres model has been tried and tested over and over again and remains highly recommended with positive evaluations to back it up. A popular choice if you're looking for an opportunity to spend more time in the environment, and experience in more detail the various components and elements involved in our Equine Assisted Learning program based on grief.

For bookings or further information about our Equine Assisted Grief Programs - contact us today!

 
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What is Grief?

A loss experience, such as death, divorce or separation, can be classified as a crisis that propels us into the grief process. The grief experience involves the entire person. It is emotional, physical and spiritual. Grief happens inside, where feelings live. We cannot think about grief, we can only feel it.



With each significant loss, the grief process must be allowed to happen. When it is ignored or “buried within”, these emotions remain “unresolved grief” and can have a destructive effect on one’s quality of life.



For children to survive emotionally from a death or divorce in the family, they need sufficient time to mourn their loss. Young children do not even possess the vocabulary to put into words the intense hurt that they are feeling. Adolescents too, have a difficult time grappling with the loss because it is coupled with the complicated developmental changes of their age.



Grieving youth need caring adults to listen and support them while they express their feelings, sort through their confusions and begin the healing process towards acceptance. Participating in a support group with others experiencing the same struggles and feelings can also be beneficial. During these times, even the most caring of parents are often too immersed in their own pain to be able to respond very well. Consequently, children and adolescents need to find other adults to assist them during this healing process.

— excerpted with permission from “Compassionate Companion” by Suzy Marta