Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to come to the GriefShare program held at Our Savior's Way. The group leaders are people who have personal experience with the grief and mourning that accompanies the death of loved ones. Those facilitating have received training through Church Initiative's national GriefShare Facilitator Training seminar.
This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD.
Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.
Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one's death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage as a slave to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Grief-related books/materials are made available for participants to borrow.
GriefShare is held Monday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148. To register or for questions, call 703-470-8821. Cost: $15 donation to defray cost of materials.
GriefShare is an international ministry. To locate a ministry outside of the Ashburn area, please see the GriefShare website.