Dec 09, 2020
The holidays can be wonderful. They can also be very, very hard.
Especially if you’ve lost someone close to you.
I know. My mother died six years ago. And ever since then, the holidays have been hard. I could be sitting around a holiday table, filled with good friends and family, with great food and drinks, and it can feel like something is missing. Someone is missing. Surrounded by my closest friends and family, I can feel alone. Alone in my thoughts, my grief, and missing my mom.
It doesn’t matter how long ago you may have lost someone - during the holidays, it can be even more challenging.
One of the reasons we started Circles was to make sure people do not feel alone when going through a difficult time. We believe in the power of community, of human connections, and the value of professional guidance to help people feel better.
So, this holiday season, we’re doing something new.
Circles is opening our virtual doors to make sure everyone’s surrounded by support during the holidays. We’re running special workshops for people dealing with grief over three days in December. For free.
Professional therapists will lead the workshops, for small groups of people who are all dealing with grief. Participants will have the opportunity to share their feelings, gain mutual support and relief, and learn tools for coping with grief during the holidays.
This year in particular, as so many of our interactions have moved online, we can go through the holiday season pretending as if everything is ok. But that could make it even harder. Instead, we invite you to use the virtual world as a tool to find support and ease your pain.
Because we know how it feels. Especially during the holidays.
And even more, during the holidays this year.
If you feel like you could use some support this year, please join one of the Holiday Circles.
We’re here for you.
Irad, Circles CEO
Dec 01, 2020
This year has been tough. And now the holidays are coming up. It can all be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve lost a loved one. Nearly **60% **of Americans have experienced the loss of an immediate family member in the past three years. That is a lot of people dealing with grief that is relatively new.
In a year full of ‘new normals’, when social distancing became socially accepted, and when so many of our interactions moved online, it can be especially hard to process feelings of loss and grief. It’s been a year that’s given new meaning to being alone and staying apart from others, even our closest family and friends.
As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking how can we do this? How can we get through it this year? How can we not miss our loved one even more after such a hard year?
If you feel like this, know you’re not alone.
88% of our members say they are struggling during the holiday season. And 67% report that the holidays trigger painful memories for them. In a season that’s supposed to be full of joy and celebration, many are hurting. As one member said, “I’m dreading the holidays. I don’t know how to keep pretending that I’m ok.”
We hear you.
Which is why we’re opening our virtual doors for three days of free grief workshops leading up to the holidays. From December 21-23, we will be offering live online workshops for small groups of people, led by professional therapists.
You can go through the holidays virtually and pretend everything is ok, or you can use online technology as a platform to find a real circle of support. Instead of feeling distant and exhausted from Zoom, it can be part of the solution that actually helps you feel better.
During the workshop, you’ll have the chance to connect with others who are dealing with grief during the holidays and learn how to maintain self-care during the holidays, while still dealing with grief.
Treat yourself kindly this holiday season.
Join our Circles of Support.
Dec 01, 2020
We launched 7Chairs a little bit over a year ago, aiming to make emotional support accessible to everyone, everywhere. After experiencing personal challenges myself, I recognized the real need and value of connecting with others while you’re going through a difficult time.
That led me, together with my partner, to create 7Chairs - a digital platform for support groups. The idea was to connect seven people who are all dealing with a similar challenge, in a group led by a professional therapist. We had one mission - to make sure that no one around the world feels lonely with their struggles.
We soon realized how deep the need is, and how wide the gap is - you may be surrounded by people, but still feel alone. People facing life challenges are eager for human connection, especially with others who are dealing with similar situations. We saw how profound the impact of a group can be, and how meeting other people can bring a person relief and show them they’re not alone.
On top of this, almost a year of dealing with a global pandemic has shown us the power of community support, and in the process of developing our platform, we realized that we offer more than just a chair to sit in - we offer a full circle of support.
7Chairs is now Circles. We changed our name to better represent what we offer: circles of support, in the form of small groups of people who understand you, with professional therapists who carefully guide you through your journey. It’s your safe place to grieve, to cry and laugh, to listen and share, to support and be supported.
With Circles, you are always surrounded by care and support. You have the opportunity to find mutual relief and encouragement, to develop coping skills, and build personal resilience. We offer you circles of support, so you are never, ever alone dealing with life’s challenges.
Thank you for your trust, Irad Eicler, Circles CEO