The Life Reentry® Support Group Facilitator Program
Who is this for?
This program is for you if you are a leader or a support group facilitator in hospice, hospitals, addiction centers, churches, or any type of support group that helps someone overcome a loss.
Or, if you are a professional in private practice offering weekly support groups or interested in starting one. This is ideal for grief, family, couple’s and divorce therapists.
What is Life Reentry?
The Life Reentry® Program is a web-based or in person support group intervention specifically designed to help participants develop a new vision for a happy, fulfilling life after a life changing event.
The Life Reentry® Program helps the bereaved or patient build resilience and successfully adapt, re-enter and rebuild life post loss.
Christina Rasmussen created the Life Reentry® Model to help individuals exit the Waiting Room of life after loss. She discovered that after a life altering event has taken place, the bereaved does not automatically find their way to a new life. Instead they get stuck in the in between place. The place between the life they had to leave behind and the new life they have yet to experience. Traditional support groups keep the bereaved inside the Waiting Room involuntarily as they do not have anywhere to place them next. The Life Reentry Model is here to be that next step in the journey post loss.
To date, Life Reentry’s impact can be measured by:
Over 2,000 LR support group participants and over 20,000 LR books sold.
A large international base of over a half million people worldwide.
Studies to measure the life change on participants.
Why is Life Reentry a Necessity?
Traditional support group in hospitals, hospices and grief organizations are a necessary first step in the grief journey. These support groups focus on the story of loss, sharing of the event, venting of the grief and are really important for the early chapter of the post loss journey. However, this is not enough. There is a big gap in an industry that is a big part of our lives. We do not offer support groups that help the individual rebuild their life. The participants tend to remain at the same level of support for as long as they are in the groups—sometimes, for years. Unfortunately, there is nothing offered beyond the sharing.
This is why the Life Reentry Model was developed and what makes it different. It was made to encourage the journey from loss, to new life.
The Life Reentry Program is a highly-scalable intervention for the bereaved, spousal caregivers, survivors of traumatic events, veterans, and anyone else who has suffered a life-altering event to help build an identity of resilience and successfully reenter life beyond the traumatic loss.
Once your team has received your data, The Life Reentry Institute will talk to you about bringing Life Reentry in house. The six month training is delivered to your counselors, doctors and social workers so they can provide one-on-one Life Reentry® Sessions and Life Reentry® Group programs.
What you will receive at the end of the training
- One year long license for your practice or organization to run Life Reentry support groups. (It renews annually)
- Weekly exercises for your group.
- Step by step process breakdown and facilitator training
- Basic foundation of the Life Reentry Model.
- Life Reentry facilitator text book and guide
“I was in a desperate dark place for over a year. My husband died January 7, 2017 and I thought that after the first anniversary’s I would feel somewhat myself again, ready to get back to my passion of teaching. I didn’t. As a matter of fact, it was the complete opposite. I stayed in bed only to get up and take care of my animals. Didn’t shower, dress, eat properly, nothing. I cried, then cried some more. Some days I would drink too much just to dull the desperate excruciating pain of loss. I didn’t want to go on, but I knew I couldn’t live like this either. I had been to all the support groups through hospice which were good. I also did a program through a church called grief share. All these helped to share my story of grief, but something was missing! I ran across Message in a Bottle, which Christina wrote. I loved her style of writing, so I subscribed to the Friday email. Then came the Life Reentry® course. I prayed about it feeling like this was the missing piece. It was after just three weeks I felt the shift! I am back in ministry, my passion of teaching with a new hope walking forward. I still grieve the loss of my beloved, but now I’m honoring him by moving forward into my new life. I cherish the memories we shared together, but I’m moving forward. This course gave me my life back. It’s a different life, but I know I can experience joy again. I have the tools through Christina’s course to work daily on renewing my mind.”
– Katrin Annelise Gunka Jurdan
“This class has given me the life tools I need to forge onward…don’t wait 7.5 years to do this like me…do it asap…it will change your outlook, perspective, and your life…Christina is a God-send for those experiencing loss…”
– Tammy Kessel
“This course and Christina’s book are the path forward from a deeply broken heart. I thought I was doing fine before the Life ReEntry Program® and on a basic level, I was. However, this program gave me the tools and skills to ‘go deep’ to look under the surface of my loss and piece-by-piece mend the many fragments of my heart and soul. Christina’s work, her facilitators, her process and my entire ReEntry classmates were a gift, a tremendous gift, of a new thriving life. Yes, there will be bumps, bruises and sorrows still to come, but now I have the tools to manage these hurts. My total gratitude goes to Christina, her team, and my wonderful heartfelt classmates.”
– Ute Ann LJ
“This class has been a life training in awareness practice. Recovery from a deep loss is not a linear experience. Because I have seen a progression of healing from my losses, I did not realize that I was still in the waiting room. I was not aware of the emotional repetitive loops that were keeping me from embracing my life more fully and thought that this was my new normal. By gaining awareness of my limiting patterns along with non-intimidating tools such as 5% plugins I feel quite surprised and much more hopeful about my future where there is much potential.”
– Jai Jayme Alpert
“I lost my wife and father-in-law two weeks apart, just over a year ago. This event in my life nearly destroyed me, every little piece of ME, and then a friend kept hounding me to read Second Firsts. I finally gave in and listened to it on CD as I was driving to my parent’s house in Pittsburgh. Driving home I felt my life change. I felt giddy for the first time since my wife died, and I couldn’t wait to get home and sign up for the class. I took Christina’s Life Reentry® class and my whole outlook shifted. With each class you could feel the grief lift and life returning, so I decided to become a Life Reentry® Practitioner. I want to help people the way Christina’s program helped me.”
– Jennifer Moore
“The Life Reentry® Class gave “names” to all the emotions I feel in my grief and helps me sort them out and understand them. The class gave me the ability to look at what I was feeling, acknowledge and decide what to do with those feelings. Also, the validation from others in the class is so appreciated and needed as you try to navigate all the emotions of your grief.”
– Carol Roth
“The biggest takeaway from life re-entry was to find out that I was not alone. I thought my grief was unique. In the first lesson Christina mentioned that grief was competitive and that caught my undivided attention. My grief was no worse than anyone else’s. I actually found out some people were experiencing my exact situation. And others were experiencing situations I couldn’t even imagine. That sentence alone changed my perspective so much.”
– Amy Eschbacher
“If all this class gave me was the hope that there was a way out of being stuck in grief, it would have been enough. But over the six weeks, I watched myself and my classmates learn and see the possibility of being whole again, in spite of the holes in their hearts. Forever grateful for Christina and her team, for their work, spirit, and endless support.”
– Jessica Kupferman
“This class provided me (and my brain) strategies,understanding and self awareness not only about how to navigate grief but how to live and love again in a purposeful and joyful life.”
– Colleen Mulder