GriefShare

GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.


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.

“Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”

Our GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. We meet for thirteen weeks. 

GriefShare groups meet in the spring (Usually beginning the first week of March) and in the fall (beginning the Monday after Labor Day.)

When to join our GriefShare group you are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.


Group Leadership

The leadership team for GriefShare consists of people who understand how you feel and have a real concern for individuals experiencing grief of loss. GriefShare leaders, Ginny Pellis and Suzanne Taylor, have experienced significant losses in their lives and are examples of the healing and restoration that can occur as an outgrowth of deep grief.


Free Daily Email Encouragement

Receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sign up for the GriefShare daily emails on the GriefShare website: https://www.griefshare.org/


Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts

Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video semiar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting 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.

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.

Personal study and reflection

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


Being a Part of a GriefShare Recovery Support Group

You’ll probably feel a little nervous about going to GriefShare the first time.  Those feelings go away quickly for most people, usually during the first session they attend. GriefShare is a warm, caring environment designed to help you.

You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences!

You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss.

You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences.

You’ll have a workbook for personal study and to write down things you’ve learned.

You’ll begin to gain closure in your loss.

You’ll become part of a “family.” GriefShare group members often tell us that they feel like their group has become a family,  that they made new friends and are around people they can relate to.

You’ll discover hope for the future. While things may look bleak now, you’ll learn ways to restore your hope and rebuild your life. Many GriefShare alumni tell us the program helped them move from deep grief to peace and a sense of joy again.

Reading Materials

Practical and straightforward, yet warm and compassionate, “Grieving with Hope” clarifies the popular misconception that people move through stages of grief. This will be an encouragement to many, as grieving people often think something is wrong with them when their grief doesn’t proceed neatly through stages. The reality is that grieving people jump back and forth between different emotions, sometimes wrestling with multiple emotions at once.

This book is packed with short, biblically based, gospel-centered, topical chapters addressing the issues grieving people face but are often hesitant to mention to others. It helps readers accurately interpret the message their emotions are sending them and gently guides them to determine whether they’re grieving in a way that leads to hope and ultimate healing. Developed from interviews with over 30 well-respected Christian counselors, teachers, and authors, as well as numerous personal testimonies, “Grieving with Hope” helps the bereaved discover how hope and peace are available amidst their heartache and pain.

Thomas Nelson Publishers 2004 Paperback

Finding the right words to communicate sympathy to a friend who is grieving is one of the most difficult tasks we face.

What do you give when a card or a casserole isn’t enough? Deep loss that of a spouse, parent, child, or close friend is addressed in a number of books. But Through a Season of Grief, a Grief Share devotional, is devoted to those who are mourning a loss.

Grieving is a process that is managed over time. As a gift, this 365-day devotional, the first of its kind, ministers beyond the initial loss and into the coming year of bereavement.

Full of biblical comfort and psychologically sound advice, the book features insights from well-known and respected Christian leaders such as Kay Arthur, Larry Crabb, and Jack Hayford.

Called “the best preacher in the family,” by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and the authority of years spent studying God’s Word. In her latest book, Anne shares her heart and God’s teachings on the universal problem of suffering.

Drawing her characteristically keen insights from the familiar story of Lazarus in the ninth and eleventh chapters of the Gospel of John, Anne offers Jesus’ reassuring answers to our heartfelt cries for understanding: Why doesn’t God care? Why does He let these things happen? Why me? Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? Why didn’t He protect me? Why doesn’t He perform a miracle?

Why? helps us understand and deal with suffering while guiding us to the ultimate answer-the Savior who shares our grief and our tears.

When a loved one dies it can seem like life will never be normal again. The world can become a blur of flowers, relatives, cards, and well-meaning visitors; and the griever may feel that he or she cannot come up for air. But there is normalcy after death.

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