Starting in November, TCMC will offer two new practitioner-oriented interactive support groups: one for cancer support, the other for grief support.
- SANTIKARA, the Grief Support Group, is open to anyone dealing with grief and loss of any kind, whether current or from time past. Santikara will meet every first Sunday of the month for 90 minutes, from 12:30pm-2:00pm, just after the Sitting Together program. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. "Santikara" means "soothing" in Pali.
- SARANA, the Cancer Support Group, is open to anyone dealing with, or affected by, cancer, at any time, for any reason. Dealing with a life-threatening illness, especially cancer, is a physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually complex, traumatic situation. Everyone involved needs support, but it's not always easy to find. especially in a spiritually supportive environment. It can be helpful being with people who "get it," people with whom no one needs to explain anything. And hearing the differing perspectives of those in the room can be eye-opening. Sarana will meet on the first Sunday of each month, from 2:30pm - 4pm, starting and ending with a few minutes of silent meditation. Sarana is a Pali word for "refuge" or "shelter."
Neither of these groups will have an agenda, except what each person brings to the group. We'll have basic guidelines, which we'll review at the beginning of each meeting, and a facilitator to keep things on track, but that is the extent of any formal structure.