GriefShare Series Begins Monday, Feb. 20Posted on Jan 31st, 2017 | Perma Link
Have you recently lost a loved one?
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. Hospice of Randolph County is offering a support series entitled - GriefShare. This 13-week, Bible-based grief support program meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Each week the 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.
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
• This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him
• Why being honest with God is an expression 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
• 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 session 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
• 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
The weekly meetings will begin on Monday, February 20, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Asheboro, located at 505 S. Park St. For more information or to register, please call 336.672.9300 by Monday, February 13. Registration is $15 per person, which covers the cost of the GriefShare workbook.