Special to SW Rankin News
It eventually happens to everyone.
It may be sudden or due to long-term illness; but, inevitably, everyone will have to deal with the feelings of sadness, loneliness and isolation following the death of a loved one.
Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to register for the GriefShare program at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. During this time of isolation, grief can be compounded in many ways. The program is designed to help provide support, information and guidance in participants’ journey from mourning to joy.
The 13-week non-denominational seminar series features Christ-centered, biblical teachings which focus on grief topics such as Living with Grief, The Journey of Grief, The Effects of Grief, Why?, The uniqueness of Grief, and God’s Prescription for Grief. The seminar features nationally-respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion and personal reflection.
Many grieving people find they are only starting the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.
Whether the bereavement experience is recent or long-past, participants will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. No matter what the cause of the loved one's death, the series will provide an opportunity to be around people who understand feelings of loss. Participants will learn valuable information about facing a “new normal” in life and renewing their hope for the future. Grief-related books/materials are made available for participants.
GriefShare will be held on Tuesdays, beginning August 11 through November 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. using the Zoom application. It is hosted by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. To register or for questions, call Cindy at 601-924-9999.