GriefShare Program: A Christ-Centered Support Group
Ascension and Saint Giles of Oak Park are coming together to offer a GriefShare program beginning on January 29, 2020. We will gather at St. Giles Parish McDonough Hall, 1101 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park.
To register, contact us at 708-223-4912, or email@example.com.
What is this program?
GriefShare grief recovery is a Christ-centered support group where a caring group of people will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a loved one: a family member or friend. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
The focus of the program is to help you begin to gain closure in your loss. It’s sometimes hard to move on in life when you are still dealing with the grief and emptiness that happens after a loved one dies. You’ll learn how to go through a healthy season of grieving, then begin transitioning to a new emotional and spiritual wholeness.
GriefShare groups meet weekly for 13 sessions, Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, beginning January 29 through May 6. These meetings are intended to help you face the challenges of bereavement and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:
GriefShare DVD videos. You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss. The GriefShare DVD videos feature top experts on grief recovery subjects and case studies of people just like you, who have been through the grief experience.
Small Group Discussion. You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences. It can be very healing to tell others what you are going through. 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.
A Personal Workbook. You’ll have a workbook for personal study and to write down things you’ve learned. The workbook provides opportunity for further study about the grief process and personal reflection about your grief. The weekly journaling questions help you sort through your emotions. You can tear out and carry with you the perforated “Care Cards” for words of encouragement during the lowest points of your day.
For more information, you are welcome to contact fellow parishioner Rose Lubarski at (708) 223-4912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.