Recovery from divorce and separation
Introduction: Relationship breakdown has a huge impact on our society today. In the UK 250,000 people get divorced each year and this impacts not only them, but also their children, family and friends.
The effect on an individual is huge as this can be the most stressful event ever in a person’s life. The change can be difficult to handle, especially as there is little help on hand. We are not taught how to make relationships work, let alone what to do when one breaks down. As a result people often feel lonely, isolated and lost without a clear path to recovery.
The Course Aims: Restored Lives has been created to meet this need and help people to recover fully from relationship breakdown. It has been running for over twenty years at Holy Trinity Brompton and across many locations in the UK and the rest of the world.
It has been developed over those years by a group of divorcees and professionals with different expertise: a judge, solicitors, communication professionals, counsellors, family therapists, parenting trainers, mediators and, most importantly, many guests who have shared their practical experience of the journey of relationship breakdown.
On Thursday 9th January, 2020 and for 6 further weeks, we are running a ‘Restored Lives’ course at St. Mary’s in The Upper Room Cafe. It will be our third course run by Mark & Helen Tomlinson, who have been trained to deliver the course locally. They and their team will be hosting and supporting in order to empower guests to move forward from relationship breakdown. Their aim is to come alongside people with an attitude of love, to comfort and encourage them, and to give them hope that they can move on in a successful way.
Guests have found the course helpful on many different levels. One guest wrote: ‘Thank you for building up my hope; crushing some of my fears; answering numerous questions; giving lots of practical advice and bringing me out of a dark tunnel into the light.’ That is what this course is all about.
Who is the course for? The course is for any person who is going through, or who has gone through, a relationship breakdown. People can be at any stage in the process – they may have recently separated from a long term relationship or they may have been divorced for many years – the course is designed for all of them.
The course is relevant for any relationship breakdown, whether a marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation. It is for anyone where a committed relationship has ended.
The course is NOT right for couples who are in the process of trying to reconcile.
Course Details: The course will run each Thursday evening from 7.00pm until 9.30pm.
Each week will begin with a light meal of soup and breads. Midway through the evening there will be a break for drinks and cakes.
The sessions will include up front talks, discussions in small groups and personal stories. The small groups are led by people who have either gone through divorce themselves or have been alongside someone who has. The setting is welcoming, relaxed and unthreatening.
There is a nominal charge of £5 per night (£35 for the 7 sessions), which is paid on commencement of the course. However, if this is a problem for anyone, please encourage them talk to either Mark or Helen, as there may be support available.
Week 7 is a social celebration of completing the course.
If you are interested in knowing more or have any questions, please talk to Mark & Helen Tomlinson.
or book here.