Navigating Your Grief

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matt. 5:4

While grief is normal and natural, and one of the most powerful of all emotions, it is probably one of the most neglected and misunderstood experiences, often by both grievers and those around them.

One misunderstanding is that grieving and mourning are the same thing. While many people use the words "grieving" and "mourning" interchangeably, there is an important distinction. Grief is the many internal thoughts and feelings we experience when someone dies; mourning is the outward expression of our grief.

Often, grieving people are surprised by the intensity of emotions and the duration of sorrow that accompanies the death of a friend or family member. They may feel numb, brokenhearted, confused, and/or anxious, all at the same time. Many feel alienated from God and others, and find it difficult to move forward in life when dealing with the grief and emptiness that happens after a loved one dies.

The Navigating Your Grief workshop helps individuals understand their grief and find appropriate ways to mourn. It is designed to encourage, educate, and equip individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one.

ENCOURAGE
This workshop provides support, comfort and encouragement by helping those in grief realize that their grief experiences are normal. It helps group members understand the emotional,  physical, and spiritual impact of grief and how to move through their grief rather than go around it.

EDUCATE
A part of the grief experience involves the questions and confusion that comes with the death of a loved one. It is essential that grieving people wrestle with their questions, doubts, and fears; otherwise, they will continue to struggle with their grief. This workshop helps to answer some of the many “why” questions and “if only” regrets. It offers practical advice on how to deal with the many complicating factors of grief.

EQUIP
The Navigating Your Grief workshop gives group members the tools to move forward in life while still cherishing the memories of their loved one. It helps them develop the skills necessary to allow God to use their grief to serve and comfort others, and refresh their perspective on this life and the next.

An added benefit of attending a grief workshop is the reminder that you are not alone. Grief can feel very lonely and isolating, especially when no one else around you appears to understand. This seems to be particularly true the younger you are.

Although no two people experience grief in the exact same way, by attending this grief workshop you may find that other people have experiences, feelings, and struggles that are similar to your own. When you feel totally alone and misunderstood by the world, this workshop can provide you with a haven of understanding.

New sessions begin on the second Tuesday each September and the first Wednesday each January. For more information, email: xenosgriefgroups@gmail.com.