Monday, March 21, 2011

GriefShare

I wanted to post about another resource out there for those grieving, it's called GriefShare.  This is what their website says about the organization.....


How GriefShare Works

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.
This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video Seminar with Experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments and on-location video.

Support Group Discussion with Focus

After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Workbook-Based Personal Study and Reflection

During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

If you are interested in finding a GriefShare group you can go to their website, input your zip code and see if they have one available.  Can't find one in your area?  Consider starting a GriefShare group.

The other great thing that GriefShare offers are daily emails/devotionals of encouragement, inspiration and hope.  You can sign up for their "A Season of Grief" Daily Emails and below is a preview of Day 1.

Day 1 - Understanding Your Grief

Grief is not an enemy or a sign of weakness. It is a sign of being human. Grief is the cost of loving someone.
Since grief comes to everyone, why do some people seem to work through it better than others?
“Some people think that going through the losses or crises of life are the exceptional times,” says Dr. H. Norman Wright.
“I see it differently. I see the times of calm as the exceptions. Life really is going through one loss after another, one crisis after another.
“Instead of avoiding talking about these times, let’s do our homework. When you know what to expect, you’re not thrown by them as much, and you’re going to be better able to recover.”
Join us each day for the next year as we walk with you on your journey through grief, strengthened and enabled through the Lord Jesus Christ.
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Lord God, teach me to embrace my grief and not fight it, so that I may experience the true healing that comes from You. Amen.

2 comments:

Holly said...

I'm glad so many resources are available now for families

Kim @ Peace of my Heart said...

GriefShare is a wonderful ministry! The program was not an easy one for me to go through, but my husband and I both found it to be very helpful.

For anyone who may not have a group nearby, you can purchase the audio portion of the series on CDs (or download) from GriefShare's Personal Help Store. It's not quite the same as attending a group session, but it is a wonderful resource.

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