First Church of God Vero Beach
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- real life. real truth.
No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process. GriefShare is a place where many people have found they can begin putting their lives back together again. We desire to walk with you through your journey.
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:
1. Video Seminar with Experts
Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments and on-location video.
2. Support Group Discussion with Focus
After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.
3. Workbook-Based Personal Study and Reflection
During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.
Each week your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The GriefShare videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, dramatic reenactments, on-location video and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Here is a list of the weekly topics:
Living with Grief – Session 1
This session introduces you to GriefShare. It also explains what living with grief is like, why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your grief and why you shouldn’t rush through your healing.
The Journey of Grief – Session 2
This session prepares you for what to expect along the journey of grief. At the same time, it emphasizes that everyone’s journey is unique and warns against comparing grief experiences.
The Effects of Grief – Session 3
You’re probably surprised at how debilitating grief is. This session explains that this is normal and suggests practical ways to find comfort.
When Your Spouse Dies – Session 4
If you’ve lost your spouse, this session helps you think through the critical issues involved in your healing. It also begins preparing you to face the difficult transition into a new reality without your spouse.
Your Family and Grief – Session 5
This session shares how to keep your family afloat when its members are drowning in grief. It also presents some of the unique issues involved if you’re grieving the death of a child.
Why? – Session 6
Just because God doesn’t answer all of your questions doesn’t mean He won’t answer any of them. This session answers the “Why” questions and encourages you to begin asking other questions as well.
The Uniqueness of Grief, Pt. 1 – Session 7
This session explores how the causes of, and your responses to, your loved one’s death affect your grief. Topics addressed include suicide, long-term illness, murder and false guilt.
The Uniqueness of Grief, Pt. 2 – Session 8
Relationships, past and present, affect your grief. This session helps you address insensitive comforters and unresolved conflict with a deceased loved one.
God's Prescription for Grief – Session 9
The bereaved are often overwhelmed by the advice they receive from others. And often, what goes unnoticed is what God says about healing. This session tells you how to position yourself to experience God’s healing.
Stuck on Grief – Session 10
It’s easy to get stuck along the journey of grief, This session explains how to keep moving on the path to healing.
Top 20 Lessons of Grief, Pt. 1 – Session 11
In this session, those who’ve walked the journey of grief will share what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown from their grief experience.
Top 20 Lessons of Grief, Pt. 2 – Session 12
In this session you’ll hear the most significant lessons that can be learned during grief.
Heaven – Session 13
This session gives practical advice on how to tap into, and hold onto, the source of hope in this disappointing world.
Day and time to be determined.
You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group on any week. Each session is "self-contained", and you can continue through the next cycle to view any of the topics you have not seen.
GriefShare workbooks are $15. Partial scholarships are available. Childcare is available upon request. To register your child for childcare please call 772.562.2256 x206
If you would like to attend this special support group, please fill out the form below so that we know you are coming.