Griefshare

If you have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, this can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you have never faced before.

GriefShare is a support group for those grieving and struggling with the death of a loved one.

This group meets weekly to pray, discuss and watch videos on relevant topics. Each week, your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The GriefShare videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video, and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Session takes place: March 13 – May 29

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Takes place in the Administrative Offices at the Y.

CLICK HERE to register online for GriefShare.

Instructor: Elizabeth Cato

Here is a snapshot of key themes found in each of the 13 GriefShare session videos.

1. Is This Normal?

    • You’ll discover why your grief experience is harder than you imagined
    • Why the intensity and duration of your emotions are normal and appropriate
    • Despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope

2. Challenges of Grief

    • You’ll learn more eye-opening reasons why your pain is so overwhelming
    • Some of the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit
    • How to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy

3. The Journey of Grief – Part One

    • You’ll learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief
    • How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief
    • How long the journey of grief typically lasts

4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two

    • You’ll learn why it’s important to put effort into your healing
    • How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief
    • The best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings

5. Grief and Your Relationships

    • You’ll find out how the death of a loved one affects your friendships
    • Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse
    • How to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief

6. Why?

    • This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him
    • Why being honest with God is an express of faith
    • What God has to say to you about your “why” questions

7. Guilt and Anger

    • You’ll learn how to deal with false guilt
    • How to grieve conflicted relationships
    • How to handle grief-related anger

8. Complicating Factors

    • You’ll begin to see how traumatic experiences affect grief
    • How to deal with nightmares and flashbacks
    • How your thinking affects your emotions

9. Stuck

    • You’ll discover how to prevent getting stuck in grief
    • Common misconceptions that hinder healing
    • Why your path to healing isn’t always smooth

10. Lessons of Grief – Part One

    • You’ll become aware of an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful
    • Why going to church can be so difficult
    • The benefits of helping others

11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two

    • This season provides a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone
    • Why no one grieves perfectly
    • What grief can teach you about relationships

12. Heaven

    • Session 12 answers questions about heaven and the afterlife, such as what heaven is like
    • Whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one
    • Whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven
    • And many more

13. What Do I Live for Now?

    • You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity
    • Why it’s a process
    • Why peace and pain will always coexist