Fee-for-Service Grief Supports Via Telephone To Begin September 23

I took the photo above back in 2014, on an island in Maine.  Although the island itself is stunningly beautiful, this photo has such echos of unending loneliness that I eventually began using it exclusively for The Grief Warrior Project.  What do you think?

Beginning September 23 at 4:00 am EST – YES, 4:00 in the morning! – The Grief Warrior Project will offer fee-for-service telephone supports for people coping with the complicated grief that comes with the suicide of a loved one.

The worst times for those of us coping with the aftermath of a suicide are late nights and early mornings, when we are all alone, dealing with the crushing grief and guilt that goes hand in hand with the loss of a loved one in this manner.

Linda Snyder, M.S., knows this devastating grief all too well, and started The Grief Warrior Project in November 2016, soon after her beloved husband killed himself.  She had searched for a local support group but none were available in her area.  So she started her own.

It’s been pretty hit or miss, as Linda’s grief too often got in the way of being able to run the group with any consistency.  Worse for her, Linda found that few of the clinically trained counselors she spoke with (either in person or via her employer’s telephonic EAP service), had any real inkling of the kind of overpowering grief with which a suicide explodes your mind and every last cell in your body.

Now, nearly three years later, The Grief Warrior Project is finally able to offer telephone supports, with on-line scheduling and payment availability.

Sessions are 50 minutes each, beginning on the hour, which gives 10 minutes between sessions for Linda to mentally prepare for the next session, so she can give the best of herself each time a grieving individual calls in.

Background.

Linda Snyder, M.S. has worked in the mental health field for decades, primarily as an administrator, although she also has significant client and direct care experience.  It is important to note that although Linda has a Master’s Degree (in the administration of adult education programs) and extensive experience in the mental health & social services field, she is not a clinician or therapist, and therefore cannot accept insurances for her support services.

Linda started The Grief Warrior Project in November of 2016, shortly after her beloved husband John suicided from the hopelessness and despair brought on by too many years of fighting intense physical pain and mental demons he could not escape.  Linda says, “I’m a mental health professional and have taken all the best training in understanding and preventing suicide, yet it wasn’t until my own husband killed himself, that I realized I didn’t understand suicide at all”.

Setting Up Appointments

We’ll be using a format called “Full Slate”.  All the background work has been done, but right now we’re waiting to see if it’s actually live and usable.  You’ll see that the business name is listed as “ReGroup Business Solutions” which we use for most of our back office operations and insurance credentialing business services; it’s the business name used for billing our business clients, and we had to put something in there while setting up “Full Slate”.  Hopefully we can get that changed over to The Grief Warrior Project in the near future.

The background information section can be found here:  https://regroupbusinesssolutions.fullslate.com/

The calendar section, so you can choose your appointment(s) can be found here:
https://regroupbusinesssolutions.fullslate.com/

(For some reason, the calendar only goes through early October, although I’ve tried repeatedly to make it on-going.  Another problem for their tech support to fix!)

Appointments will be available beginning the week of September 22, and will be as follows below.  (Obviously, these will have to be on a first come, first serve basis!)

Mondays – Fridays, 4:00 am and 5:00 am.
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm
Fridays & Saturdays, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

These are all Eastern Standard Time, so if you’re in California and 1:00 am is your worst time, night after night, you can schedule a 4:00 am EST appointment for support.  Please note, however, that if you end up sleeping through that appointment and so don’t give the required 24 hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling, there will be no refund.  (Sorry!)

Pricing and Payments.

Pricing and payment are as follows:  $40.00 for each 50 minute session.

All payments are via PayPal, and must be paid in advance, at the time the appointment is made.  Appointments will be confirmed as soon as possible after payment is made.  If your appointment is not confirmed within an hour of the appointment time you scheduled, please text 207.713.0674 to assure you are indeed scheduled.

There are no refunds for “No Shows” or appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.  Appointments cancelled with at least 24 hour notice can be rescheduled with no change in fee, or a refund issued if necessary.

Confidentiality.

Please note that all sessions are confidential.  The only time such confidentiality might be broken is if Linda, or any other support person you might speak with at The Grief Warrior Project, believes you are a danger to yourself or others, in which case a crisis worker and/or 911 will be contacted for your safety or the safety of others.

More Information.

For more information about Linda or The Grief Warrior Project, please visit https://www.warrior-project.org.  We also have a Facebook page (rarely used) and a small Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewarriorproject/and a Twitter account at https://www.Twitter.com/warriorprojme.   It is expected that these will be used more frequently as this service grows.

Thank you for your interest, and I am so very sorry you are also dealing with this nightmare.

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In memory of my beloved husband John Kelly Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.

My Johnny was a true warrior, fighting demons no one else could see.  I thought he was the strongest man in the world, and perhaps he was, but tragically, the demons got the better of him.

The name of this project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.

Fair winds and following seas, Husband.

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We now have a group on Facebook to help find resources, support and ideas for getting The Grief Warrior Project off the ground.  You can find us there at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewarriorproject/

Follow us on Twitter!  @WarriorProjME.

Help support The Grief Warrior Project by making purchases from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps.  All profits (after expenses) go to helping us help others.  You can find Heritage Collectibles at  https://heritagecollectiblesmaine.com, on Facebook (both a group and a page) and on Twitter (HeritageGifts).

Beginning September 23, 2019, you will be able to call in for grief support from Linda Snyder, M.S.  The fee is $40 per phone hour (50 minutes), payable in advance via PayPal (use LSnyder@regroupbiz.com as the Pay To email address) with times available as follows:

Mondays – Fridays, 4:00 am and 5:00 am EST
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm EST
Fridays & Saturdays, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm EST.

Just go to https://regroupbusinesssolutions.fullslate.com/ where you can sign up!  (It’s a bit confusing because there’s loads of writing to wade through, but if you go to the bottom left hand corner where it says “Online Scheduling” and click on the link that says “Grief Support Services”, it will take you to the calendar where you can choose an appointment time and sign up.

Talk to you soon!

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Despite decades of disbelief, I have come to realize that our loved ones are able to communicate with us through the life/death barrier.  My Johnny has proved this in ways that I can’t attribute to my own mind making things up… there have been complex coincidences and synchronicities, extraordinary happenings, and messages through others who could not possibly have any knowledge of the information they’ve passed on.  Truly mind-blowing stuff.  I don’t have a clue what I believe about life after death, but I know my husband loved me with everything he had, and that he still does.  Our wedding vows were “to death and beyond” and that has proved true for both of us.

I can’t tell you how it all works, or how you can get through to your own loved one, but if you’re interested, I can tell you of my experiences and my thoughts on this.

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