This time of isolation can be especially difficult for people dealing with the loss of a loved one. The Dwell Grief Ministry is offering help to those struggling with the additional burden of grief at this time.
The Good Grief group will meet via Zoom next Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm. This is a discussion group for young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or friend. Meeting other young people who have lost a loved one can help normalize the experience for teenage and young adults, who often do not know anyone else who has experienced the unique grief from death.
For those in grief who don't fit this age group the Grief Ministry team offers other workshops and discussion groups as well as one-on-one support, in both adult and college spheres. The Grief Consulting and Companioning program offers assistance to home group leaders, house leaders, and others who need guidance in ministering to those in their group who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Grief team members do presentations at home groups and cell groups on various grief related topics. Please email email@example.com for more information.
During a time of grief, it is important to seek out people who acknowledge our loss and who will listen to our raw expression of grief. Sharing pain with others won't make it disappear, but it will, over time, make it more bearable, more understandable, and less isolating. Reaching out for help also connects us to other people and strengthens the bonds of love that is the foundation of Christian community.
This can be challenging during a time of social isolation--but perhaps now it is even more important to find a caring person with a listening ear.