Each day, someone is dealing with loss – in our community, in our church family, someone very close to you or even YOU. It could be a recent loss or a loss from some time ago that is affecting daily life. Maybe you aren’t sure how to deal with or move past those feelings. Or maybe you want to know how to help someone who is experiencing grief. Grief Share can help!
GriefShare is a DVD video series that features top experts on grief recovery subjects and case studies of people who have been through the grief experience. It is also a place where people understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences! You’ll learn practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what you’ve seen on the GriefShare videos and what is going on in your life. And while you have the opportunity to tell your story, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.
The GriefShare program consists of 13 weekly sessions. We hope you will join us for the full program. However, as each session is “self-contained” you are welcome to begin attending the program at any point, or pick and choose those sessions that you find of particular interest or need. You will find encouragement and help whenever you attend. As Lockport Alliance will be running a new 13-week program each Fall and Spring, you are also welcome to continue attendance at the next scheduled event or join us for any sessions you may have missed or would like to revisit.
To better acquaint you with the program, here is glimpse at some weekly session topics:
Week One – Is This Normal? Discover why your grief experience may be harder than you imagined, and despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope
Week Two – Challenges of Grief Learn some overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit and how to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy
Week Three – The Journey of Grief (Pt One) How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief and how long the journey of grief typically lasts
Week Four – The Journey of Grief (Pt Two) How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief and the best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings
Week Five – Grief and Your Relationships Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse and how to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief
Week Six – Why? Why being honest with God is an expression of faith and what God has to say to you about your “why” questions
Week Seven – Guilt and Anger Learn how to deal with false guilt, conflicted relationships and grief-related anger
Week Eight – Complicating Factors See how traumatic experiences affect grief and how to deal with flashbacks and nightmares
Week Nine – Stuck How to prevent getting stuck in grief and common misconceptions that hinder healing
Week Ten – Lessons of Grief (Pt One) Why going to church can be so difficult and the benefits of helping others
Week Eleven – Lessons of Grief (Pt Two) Gain a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone and why no one grieves perfectly
Week Twelve – Heaven Answers questions about heaven and the afterlife (what heaven is like), whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one and whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven
Week Thirteen – What Do I Live for Now? You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity, why it’s a process and why peace and pain will always coexist
For more resources on dealing with grief, you can also visit the GriefShare website at http://www.griefshare.org/.