By Omer Hancock
Do you need help and encouragement after the death of a loved one? GriefShare is a special weekly support for adult men and women who are grieving the death of members and/or friends.
I will be facilitation a 13-week session of GriefShare beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive. Cost is $15 for a workbook. Classes will meet 3-5 p.m. in Room 114. Scholarships are available. Contact call 692-6776 for more information.
Stan Allcorn, pastor of Pioneer Drive, asked me about starting a grief support group at the church and serving as the facilitator. We made the decision to use a program called GriefShare. Our first session was in the Fall 2015. Four sessions have been held, with a total of 60 participating.
GriefShare has offices in Wake Forest, North Carolina. For about 20 years, thousands of churches have offered this program. A wide variety of churches have participated and new groups continue to begin. GriefShare has a format of 13 weeks, for about two hours each week, including a time to meet and visit with others who desire to benefit from a grief support group.
The content of the weekly sessions includes a video with both professional counselors and others who address a variety of topics on grief. A workbook accompanies the videos. Also, the workbook includes material for participants to do between the weekly sessions.
Those who have participated express gratitude for the experience to meet and visit with others and to receive great benefit from the videos and the workbook. The participants gain a healthy perspective on grief and hope to move forward with life as they continue to work through their grief.
Omer Hancock is a retired religion professor at Hardin-Simmons University.