We have a Facebook page too....this is a closed group so just search for gownsgroup on Facebook and send a request to join. As soon as we approve your request you will be ready to make those all-important connections with other GOWNS and see how others use humour to help themselves and each other.
Being a Grieving Overwhelmed Widow...is by no means easy but by sharing those negotiations together and learning how to use humour and laughter, we can say with some confidence that...
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it - Charlie Chaplin.
Of course you don’t have to if you don’t want too!
The GOWNS approach is not for everyone, nor should it be, we are all delightfully different. After reading this section we highly recommend that you navigate to the About You page before deciding whether or not GOWNS is right for you.
As Jayne rightly points out most things that people enjoy come with a warning attached. We do not believe laughing whilst grieving is harmful quite the opposite, and we hope you enjoy all the facilities that the site has to offer, but our warning on the side of the packet is that because humour is subjective and no ‘one size’ fits all, some people may find the content distasteful or even offensive.
Ok I have decided GOWNS is right for me what can I expect?
Cool welcome aboard! Both Sandra and Jayne understand the protective and physiological response to the trauma of loss known as ‘widow brain’ which can affect our ability to concentrate on information to the point of exhaustion, so we have tried to keep things as simple as we can.
You are here
A quick questionnaire to help you decide if the GOWNS website is the righ one for you.
Here you will find details of workshops and courses promoting the use of
Humour and laughter as a therapy in grief. Any promotional events,
Newsletters etc. Will be highlighted here.
Sandra has written a GOWNS handbook which will be available soon.
It is not a handbook like any other in that it does not provide guidance that is of any use at all!
But it is a highly amusing commentary on her own journey towards forming the concept of GOWNS.
Other books in the series are planned.
The virtual shop will also have a range of branded merchandise to choose from and will provide information on valuable related resources [Coming Soon!]
Again members only, can post their amusing anecdotes in a visual medium.
This can take the form of pieces to camera, short sketches etc. Both of these
Areas are moderated and whilst we encourage the comedic we won’t be
Laughing at the inappropriate …so be warned!!
The place to apply to join the forum and video blog area’s
This is a members only area ( free to join) which allows users to exchange
Ideas, views, jokes, humour etc.
Here you will find our e-mail addresses and other relevant contact details.