The vision for Permission House is to find like-minded people in the fields of counseling, children’s grief specialists, art-therapy, chaplaincy, social work, and other widowed parents of young children (from birth to high school) to create a place where bereaved caregivers can seek care for themselves.
The Hastings Family
Discovering quite early in her grief journey that our society doesn’t do “death and grief” very well, Nicole found herself fighting to find ways to process and ultimately honor the loss of her husband, while juggling the day-to-day responsibilities of raising three young children. It was a long, messy, complicated and devastating process that lead her to think about grief from God’s perspective; He put it in place for a reason, the dark seasons of wandering the wilderness of grief and mourning are normal, necessary feelings—emotions and spiritual growing pains here on this side of Heaven. And yet, in our culture today, the bereaved can oftentimes feel pressured to “move on” and if they don’t, or can’t, or are not prepared to yet, they may feel like they aren’t normal, crazy or not doing something right—sometimes, in efforts to “just move on,” suppressed, unaddressed grief can wreak havoc later in life. These findings broke Nicole’s heart even further than the pain already endured and lead her to think: “What if there could be a place where recent young widows/widowers could go to allow themselves permission to seek a little self care, permission to mourn and process, permission to seek respite and help for themselves and their children?”
Secular and Christian Outreach Venues
Cancer Support Groups
Grief Support Groups