Friday, August 7, 2015

You don’t have to handle your grief alone

Grief is a very hard emotion to overcome.

When you are in love, there is a mixture of emotions and feelings that make you feel invincible. Together you can conquer the world.

Grief is an entirely different matter. When you lose that person you loved so dearly, it is hard to let go. Or, you feel guilty if you try to let go.

If you have suffered a loss, whether it is a spouse, a child, family member or a friend, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. There are others who can help you navigate through the process of overcoming your loss. They can offer support and encouragement on your journey to healing.

West Liberty United Methodist Church offers a program called GriefShare.

GriefShare is a special 13-week course that is designed to help you rebuild your life by offering help, encouragement and hope.

Two sessions are being offered, choose wither a a morning or evening session, to accommodate your schedule. You can choose between 10 a.m. Mondays or 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. There is a $5 registration fee that covers the cost of a workbook.

GriefShare is a network of more than 12,000 churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your pain.

The hope is that you will see your group as an oasis on your journey through grief. The three key parts to the program include a video seminar, small group discussion about the weekly video content and a workbook for journaling and personal study exercises to reinforce the weekly session topics.

All are welcome to attend the group meetings at any point. Each session is “self-contained” so you do not have to attend the sessions in sequence. You will be able to pick up any sessions you missed in the next 13-week cycle.

The cycle of Monday morning sessions starts Aug. 31. The Tuesday evening sessions begin Sept. 1. If you are not able to attend, the 13-week cycle repeats in January.

All sessions are at the West Liberty United Methodist Church, 202 W. Newell Street, West Liberty.

For more information or to register, call 937.441.3592.