Xenos will again host a 10 week seminar through the GriefShare ministry starting on Saturday morning, February 20, 2016, at the 4th Street Pavillon (1934 N. Fourth Street, 43201). Please encourage anyone in your home group who has experienced the death of a loved one to attend.
What is GriefShare? GriefShare is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of a loved one. It features biblical perspectives on grief and recovery.
While it’s ideal for group members to attend all 10 sessions, each weekly session is designed to be “open,” meaning a person can begin attending at any time. Members will find comfort, answers, and hope in every session!
The topics covered during the 10 sessions can be grouped into the following thematic categories:
COMFORT: SESSIONS 1–4
Many grieving people are unprepared for the intensity of their emotions and the duration of their grief. The first sessions of GriefShare comfort participants by helping them realize that their experiences of grief are normal. These sessions also describe what participants should expect to experience (emotionally, relationally, physically, and spiritually) as they move along the journey of grief. This information stabilizes them, helps them realize they’re okay, and prepares them for what lies ahead.
ANSWERS: SESSIONS 5–7
The members of the group will have a lot of questions. Many will be facing unique and challenging circumstances. It’s important they receive answers to their questions and solutions to their problems; otherwise, they won’t heal from their grief. That’s why Sessions 5–7 focus on giving the group answers. Participants hear answers to the “why” questions and sound advice on how to handle the circumstances and emotions that complicate grief, and they discover practical ways to avoid getting stuck in grief.
HOPE: SESSIONS 8–10
The last sessions of GriefShare point forward. They give group members a vision of how God can use their grief in positive ways and offer hope for what the future holds. These sessions explain important lessons of grief, what heaven is like, and how to move forward without leaving behind the memory of their loved one.
Please invite anyone you feel could benefit from this seminar, both Christian and non-Christian. Since it is natural for individuals to feel a little nervous about going to GriefShare the first time, we encourage people to check out a session or two without expectation of commitment. Generally, those feelings go away quickly for most people, usually during the first session.