Our Purpose

 Friends Together is  a non-denominational gathering of Widows & Widowers, who are  adjusting to a life without their partners.  Meeting in a casual comfortable setting, this mutuality of loss  provides the opportunity for open discussion and a shared experience of  the grieving process.  The group's design does not offer advice or  suggestion, rather it allows freedom of expression without judgement,  guilt, or challenge.

 This is not formal counseling nor therapy.  Rather, it is a learning  and supportive experience imparted through the knowledge and  understanding of others.   All "Friends" are  themselves responding to  the death of a loving companion.   While mourning is a unique and deeply  personal process, emotional progress is possible through shared  conversations and a common understanding.

With the help of a gracious facilitator, Linda Bowden, and a calm  environment, there is an easy comfort in acknowledging your grief and  your abruptly changed life and future. Four meetings are scheduled each month: In general there are (2) on  Wednesdays and (2) on Saturdays.  Occasionally holidays interfere and  changes occur but there are always four meetings available each month.    

For those interested, it's common for a member to volunteer and host a  lunch after meetings conclude or to organize a monthly dinner,  independent of "Friends Together."    An annual picnic takes place in  the same manner.  It draws friends, family members, and former members.   A calendar of the meetings  is shown on a later page - for convenience,  it includes such volunteer events, as well.

"Friends" social events are organized for  active members who currently  attend meetings or are past members who maintain a connection.  Events  are not open to the general public.