Support groups who are in this phase provide the groups members a chance to spend their time
in a more focused mode                                       based on the level of stability.
People  seem  to  dig                                        deeper for meaning and start to gain
perspective  on  their  life                                 situations.  Where at first they were
paralyzed by the shock                                       of crisis, now they may be able to
assign some meaning to                                       what has happened.  However, the
need  for  healing  often                                    resurfaces from time to time.  A word
of  caution  as  the  group                                  moves into this phase is don't get too
comfortable!  The risk of                                    falling into a rut and stagnating is
ever present.  It may                                        seem easier to just chat about
current events; a little of                                  this is acceptable because it's good
to     get     a     broad                                   perspective on the people's interest
in the group.  Every effort                                 must be made not to lose sight of the
goals and purpose.  If the group will continue to cope with life crises, remember that real
growing still involves a little risk, pain and uncertainty.  Think of creative ways to mix things up
so the support group stays excited about being together.  As a group, try to build on the
strengths already developed and remember that stagnation is a distinct possibility at this phase.


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