We have formed a community of caregivers who have come to rely on one another through good times and bad. Many of the caregivers we've served over the years are now in the unchosen role of “former caregivers” after losing their loved ones. (In fact, this is now the story of all three of Jack’s founders.) This wasn’t the plan, but whether they like it or not, they are creating the next chapter of their lives. They’re making their sequel. During this time, they need a community more than ever. That's why we have created Sequel Makers. Sequel Makers supports those who have transitioned from “active caregiver” to “actively grieving.”
Sequel Maker's Programs
Emptying Your Boxes
What do you do when the boxes of your loved one's belongings become more of a burden than a blessing? Sequel Makers can get help emptying the boxes.
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Sequel Makers Klatch
Sequel Makers Firepit Friday
Join us on the third Wednesday of the month for a coed discussion group focused on learning, sharing, and exploring how we think, feel and act as we navigate our grief.
If we're sittin' in a circle, it'd better be around a fire. Get out of the house for the night and connect with other Sequel Makers. It helps to be with guys who get it.
Who can participate in Sequel Makers programming?
Anyone who was a caregiver and subsequently lost their loved one after facing a health crisis can participate in Sequel Makers Progrmming.
Making your sequel
Even though you probably really, really, really loved the original first movie, It’s okay to hope and pray that your sequel will be as good or better than the first. You could be creating The Empire Strikes Back, Maverick, or Godfather II (but hopefully NOT The Godfather III). While your sequel may take place in a similar setting, it has a new plot. And although some of the supporting characters are new, you are still the lead role, continuing your story.
You may have tough questions that need answers
- “How do I help my friends or kids through grieving when I’m still grieving myself?”
- “How do I possibly keep one foot in my original story and the other in this new sequel I’m making?”
- “What do I do now that the meal train and well-wishers have moved on with their busy lives?”
- “Should I feel guilty about dating again?”
- “How does dating even work these days?”
Jack's is here for Sequel Makers
You need a different kind of guidance from Jack’s and can benefit from community with other Sequel Makers. At Jack’s, our mission is to improve how guys think, feel, and act through every phase of their caregiving journey, including the part of your journey beyond caregiving.
Jack’s Caregivers Coalition is an amazing organization that has supported my family at every step of our journey with cancer. Late last year my wife passed away, leaving myself and my children in an uncertain financial situation. Jack’s assisted us in finding resources to cope with our grief and also to secure grant funds to help pay for groceries. We are so grateful for all of the genuine caring and support during this difficult time. I can truly say I am proud to be a Jack!"
-A Sequel Maker
Have you lost someone you were caring for?
You're not alone, and your story isn't over. Become a Sequel Maker (It's FREE!) today and recieve our latest Sequel Maker's Playbook with great tips for how to find the support you need as you begin your sequel.