If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. “Going to Grief Share feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.” Grief Share groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Each Grief Share session has three distinct elements:
1) Video seminar: Each week, your group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos feature expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.
2) Support group: After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.
3) Personal study and reflection: Personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.
Grief Share is for people who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in Grief Share sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation. You are welcome to begin attending the Grief Share group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin.