If you’ve lost a spouse, a child, another family member, or a close friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you are feeling. It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
Faith Lutheran Church is sponsoring a GriefShare support group ministry beginning in January, open to both members of our congregation and the local community, that is intended to help people cope with a loss.
How GriefShare works
GriefShare is a Biblically-based program developed by top experts in grief and recovery. The GriefShare support group will meet weekly to help you face your challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements.
- Video presentation: where others talk to you
Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.
- Group discussion: where you talk to each other
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.
- Workbook exercises: where God talks to you and you talk to Him
During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further 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.
We invite anyone who has experienced a loss in the past 2-3 years to give prayerful thought to participating in this program. The next session of this program will begin on May 3, meeting weekly on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. You can join at any time during the program. Please contact the church office if you wish to participate.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”