Dec 22, 2020
We are very moved.
We’re moved by the tremendous response we’ve gotten for our Holiday Circles program.
And we’re moved by the courage shown by so many reaching out for help during this holiday season. We recognize and appreciate their motivation to learn new tools to cope with grief and their openness to connecting with others in a similar situation.
We created Holiday Circles precisely for this reason – to make sure no one feels alone with their grief during the holidays. Especially this year, which has been such a difficult year for us all. We know this can be a hard couple of weeks. And while everyone else is getting ready to take off, we realized this is precisely the time we need to be there for others. That’s why we created the ‘Grief Over the Holidays’ workshops, available for free this week for anyone who feels like they could use a bit of support to get through the holidays.
We know how it can feel when you’re surrounded by holiday cheer and you’re missing that person who’s no longer here. We know because we’ve been there. Thousands of people have responded to our Holiday Circles program and signed up to join the workshops. The first day of the workshop has been a humbling experience for us. People from all walks of life, from across the country. It’s amazing and humbling to see so many dealing with the challenge of coping with grief over the holidays - people who lost a loved one to COVID, people who lost someone close to them several years ago, people working out how to get through the holidays without their spouse, adult children who miss their parents, and parents who are going through the holidays without their child. While everyone’s loss is different and everyone’s grief is intensely personal, there is a common experience and recognition we can share with others. That is the power of the group.
And people are realizing it. Comments we’ve received from participants in the* Holiday Circles* so far include:
“Thank you so much. The meeting was such a comfort. I really appreciate you providing that for us!”
“You are my Christmas gift. I’m so blessed to have this group!”
“You are making a difference in my life for the better.”
It’s having an impact not only on participants, but also on the group leaders. As one therapist who led a Holiday Circle told us, “It was such a humbling experience. I’m blessed to be doing it.”
This year, when so many of our social interactions have moved online, we are using technology for good. It can be isolating to be on your own with your grief during the holidays, and Holiday Circles allows us to connect with others, from coast to coast, for mutual relief and support. Others who we may never have had the chance to connect with through our usual social circles. Others who know what we’re going through.
We are touched and humbled.
Thank you to all participants who have opened up their hearts and shared their experiences with the Holiday Circles. We wish you love and strength during the holidays.
We’re here for you,
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
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