Sometimes we tell ourselves, "just get over it" or "it's time to move on." But grief doesn't just dissolve. It is a natural reaction to loss. Sometimes one of the most useful things we can do is to talk about it. But not just anyone has the time or inclination to listen.
That is where the volunteers at The Listening Place may be a resource for you. Grief is sometimes about the death of someone we love. That can be a life partner or family member. Or it can be the loss of the dog or cat that has been a special companion for years. It can be about a sudden loss of trust that results in a separation or divorce. It can be about estrangement from a family member we love.
It is not healthy to deny grief. It seeps into all aspects of our lives – our physical health; our interactions with friends and family; our spiritual selves. We often feel abandoned by God and by everyone else. Grief can manifest as depression and isolation.
The volunteers at The Listening Place invite you to make an appointment. Your story is your sacred stone. It will be kept in confidence. Two trained volunteers will always be in the room where you come to share. We won't try to fix you. But we will be here to listen and to share the load that is weighing heavy on your heart.
The Listening Place provides a confidential space to share your story of loss with its trained grief support volunteers. We believe that grief is a natural response to any kind of loss, from the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of stability that comes with unemployment, illness, or major life transitions. Whatever your loss, we will listen with compassion and support you on your journey toward healing.
The Listening Place holds the confidence of those who are here to grieve. Your presence, and what is discussed here, will remain strictly confidential between you and the Listening Companions, unless your safety or the safety of others is at risk. Your trust is of the utmost importance to us, and we commit to upholding it.
The Listening Place launched in 2022 when a need was identified to help guide the community through the "backlog of grief" that has built up over the past few years. We are trained volunteers with caring hearts, who have experienced loss and can empathize with you. We know how important it is to have someone who can listen, and we are here to listen to you.
The Listening Place is located at the Corner of Lockwood & Berry - inside the Christian Life Center at Webster Hills United Methodist Church. Please enter the doors facing Berry Rd.
1333 W Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63122