Pastor Jeff’s Corner for January “From Mourning To Joy”

I remember two years ago discussing with our church how we might help folks work through grief. Apart from one on one counseling, we explored what programs or groups were available to help in this area. Then we discovered GriefShare (GriefShare.org) and beginning on Wednesday evening, at 6:45 pm, January 23rd of 2019, we will hold our third session of GriefShare.

The GriefShare support group is the best, grief-coping mechanism I have been a part of in twenty years of ministry. This is a quote from their website; “GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk
alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.” From my own experience with grief I believe that the deeper you love someone, the deeper your grief is. Healing has come from both one on one counseling and the sessions of
GriefShare during my recent season of grief.

The GriefShare Support Group includes time watching a DVD that includes stories with real people who have walked through grief and offer their insight through this video. Then the group works through some discussion questions. You are free to talk, or not to talk… it’s up to you. Most people
that have attended the group said they have found it to be a “healing experience,” and in a safe, confidential environment. What is discussed in the group, stays in the group and that’s an important aspect of this setting.

“The leadership team for GriefShare consists of people who understand how you feel and have a real concern for individuals experiencing the grief of loss. Most GriefShare leaders have experienced significant losses in their lives and are examples of the healing and restoration that can occur as an
outgrowth of deep grief.” Mary Thomas and Pastor Jeff are facilitators for this group.

Everyone experiences grief during their lifetime. We invite you to join us beginning in January and if you know someone that might benefit from this support group, please share this article with them today.

God bless you and keep you,
Pastor Jeff

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