Bereavement Support to Widowed Veterans and Spouses
Eagle's Wings was established in 1999, at the behest of Chaplain Ron Ritter, U. S. Navy Retired, to fulfill the need of a similar program called Support and Recovery which functioned at the Naval Medical Center San Diego to help the military widowed during their grieving process. Widowed men and women from the San Diego County veterans' community constitute the Eagle's Wings family. Eagle's Wings' primary purpose is to provide informed and compassionate assistance to those whose lives have been permanently altered by the death of their spouse. It affirms the time-honored pledge, "The Military takes care of its own."
The program consists of a series of four presentations that provide information about the grieving process. Following each presentation, trained professional facilitators lead small group sessions where men and women are encouraged to speak about their experiences in bereavement, express their feelings about their loss, and share whatever mechanisms have worked for them during the grieving process. Issues of a spiritual and religious nature are treated respectfully for all individual views and beliefs.
We have four consecutive Sunday afternoon sessions during the months of January, April, July and October. The first and fourth sessions begin at l2:00 noon, while the second and third sessions begin at 1:00 PM. All sessions conclude at 3:00 PM. The last session ends with a special closing ceremony for those who have completed the required number of sessions. A complimentary potluck dinner follows this session.
Check the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park Calendar of Events for any last minute changes to our schedule. Also, you may contact a member of our staff by telephone, (619) 234-9464, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.