GriefShare

What We Offer

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Our next GriefShare program will start Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Weekly meetings are held each Tuesday in the Conference Room, located in the church's administrative building. Enter from the rear parking lot, The building is along Davison road, with main door on parking lot side. To register,or if you have any questions, please complete the online registration form here or contact the church office at 433-3571.

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Each day, someone is dealing with loss - in our community, in our church family, someone very close to you or even YOU. It could be a recent loss or a loss from some time ago that is affecting daily life. Maybe you aren’t sure how to deal with or move past those feelings. Or maybe you want to know how to help someone who is experiencing grief. Grief Share can help!

GriefShare is a DVD video series that features top experts on grief recovery subjects and case studies of people who have been through the grief experience. It is also a place where people understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences! You’ll learn practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what you’ve seen on the GriefShare videos and what is going on in your life. And while you have the opportunity to tell your story, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.

The GriefShare program consists of 13 weekly sessions. We hope you will join us for the full program. However, as each session is “self-contained” you are welcome to begin attending the program at any point, or pick and choose those sessions that you find of particular interest or need. You will find encouragement and help whenever you attend. As Lockport Alliance will be running a new 13-week program each Fall and Spring, you are also welcome to continue attendance at the next scheduled event or join us for any sessions you may have missed or would like to revisit.

To better acquaint you with the program, here is glimpse at some weekly session topics: 

Week One - Is This Normal?  Discover why your grief experience may be harder than you imagined, and despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope

Week Two - Challenges of Grief  Learn some overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit and how to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy

Week Three - The Journey of Grief (Pt One)  How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief and how long the journey of grief typically lasts

Week Four - The Journey of Grief (Pt Two)  How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief and the best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings

Week Five - Grief and Your Relationships  Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse and how to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief

Week Six - Why?  Why being honest with God is an expression of faith and what God has to say to you about your “why” questions

Week Seven - Guilt and Anger  Learn how to deal with false guilt, conflicted relationships and grief-related anger

Week Eight - Complicating Factors  See how traumatic experiences affect grief and how to deal with flashbacks and nightmares

Week Nine – Stuck  How to prevent getting stuck in grief and common misconceptions that hinder healing

Week Ten - Lessons of Grief (Pt One)  Why going to church can be so difficult and the benefits of helping others

Week Eleven - Lessons of Grief (Pt Two)  Gain a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone and why no one grieves perfectly

Week Twelve – Heaven  Answers questions about heaven and the afterlife (what heaven is like),  whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one and whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven

Week Thirteen - What Do I Live for Now?  You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity, why it’s a process and why peace and pain will always coexist

For more resources on dealing with grief, you can also visit the GriefShare website at http://www.griefshare.org/.