GriefShare support at Shreve UMC

GriefShare support at Shreve UMC

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As others prepare for the holidays, those who are grieving are left wondering how they will make it through this season without the one who has been there with them in the past.

When grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. A GriefShare support group at the Shreve United Methodist Church is reaching out to those who are hurting by offering two programs on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning with a morning session titled Surviving the Holidays from 10-11:30 a.m. This session addresses how to deal with emotions, how to prepare for the holidays and practical tips to soften the grief and discover hope for the future.

Following the morning session, lunch will be provided. The second program, Loss of a Spouse, will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. Loss of a Spouse covers such topics as what to expect in the days ahead, how to handle loneliness and how to find the strength to go on. Everyone who attends this session will receive a booklet with more than 30 short reading lessons on how to live with grief and rebuild one’s life following a loss.

There is no cost for this one-day program. To register or for more information, call 330-262-1581 or email jkernst@ssnet.com by Nov. 9.

GriefShare is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from grief. GriefShare materials feature leading Christian authors, counselors, speakers and pastors with years of expertise in grief recovery.

The purpose of GriefShare is to invite anyone struggling over the loss of a loved one to come and find encouragement. A team facilitates an environment for participants to share and reflect.

During the Christmas season, the church will host a contemplative Christmas service for those who are carrying the pain of loss during the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.