By John Montgomery, Dwell Grief Ministry
Over the past 15 years, the Dwell Grief ministry has grown and expanded, offering various workshops and support groups to help people of all ages who are in grief.
The Good Grief group provides support, comfort, and understanding for high school, college, and young adults who have lost a friend or family member. This group meets to discuss the ways in which such loss continues to affect our lives and how to look to God for hope, strength, and encouragement.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm, at 3062 Woodbine Place in Clintonville. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. Masks are optional if you are vaccinated.
Pre-COVID Statistics showed that over 30% of college-age individuals had experienced the loss of a love one. It is likely that this number has now increased.
After the death of a loved one, it is normal and natural to experience some type of grief. While it is 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. Although many use these words interchangeably, grief is the internal thoughts and feelings we experience when a loved one dies while mourning is the outward expression of those thoughts and feelings.
When we fail to express our grief, we are at odds with our body’s built-in physiological processes to deal with a traumatic event. We are at odds with God’s spiritual intentions, missing out on his plans to deepen our faith and strengthen our relationship with Him.
Although no two people experience grief in the exact same way, by attending Good Grief, 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 family, friends, roommates, or co-workers, this group can provide a haven of understanding.
So if you are grieving a loved one or trying to help someone who is, come out Wednesday, June 23th, 7:00pm, at 3062 Woodbine Place, for pizza, encouragement, and a better understanding of what it is like to lose a loved one. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.