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Loss and Grieving: How to Engage in a Healing Process

A Support Group and Exploration of the Power of Hope 

 

Have you ever noticed?  The beauty of the changing seasons can somehow trigger in us a feeling of loss, even grief.  With fall and winter come the shorter daylight hours and longer nights. The holidays quickly approach, and we become aware of the little subtleties (or big holes in our heart) that are missing when we experience a loss. There is not one of us who is immune from the sadness that comes from losing someone dear or something dear to us: a friend, a pet, a home, a job, a relationship severed by death or divorce.

Grief has the power to shape our humanness. To be human is to know and experience grief. The color of our skin, our sexual orientation, our political affiliation, or even how we present ourselves to others do not shield us from the suffering that comes when unresolved grief manifests. Each person’s grief experience is unique. No one can truly know exactly what you are going through. The fact is that no one can make your grief go away. It belongs to you alone. But this doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone. Support from others dealing with loss can help you walk through some of the common themes and coping strategies that have helped others along our way. Hope exists.

Because Grief has its own timeline, we will explore how we can move forward. To move forward with peace and hope is truly different than, “moving on”. This 6-week course will support you as you traverse a pathway through your personal loss and grief. The primary resources used in this course are Good Grief (Granger E. Westberg) Understanding Your Grief (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.) and, Finding Meaning (David Kessler).  You are not expected to purchase these materials. The course is free. Donations to cover handouts are welcome. 

All Are Welcome

When:  Wednesday Mornings: 10:30am to Noon. (ZOOM OPTION AVAILABLE)

Dates:  November 2, 9, 16, 30 and Dec 7 and 14.    On Tuesday Dec 13, 2022 at 5:30pm we offer a special Blue Christmas service in our church sanctuary. All are welcome. Invite your family and friends. 

Location:  Zion’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall—

   510 Pine Street, Trinidad, CO

On the corner of Pine and Prospect adjacent to the campus of Trinidad State University 

Reservation:  Call (719) 846-7785 to sign up and for more information.  Please leave your name and phone number if no one answers and we will return your call. This voicemail is confidential. 

This is a safe space. No religious affiliation is required. The group will be closed once the course begins.  

We look forward to walking the healing journey together.

Your Co-Facilitators are: the Rev. Kate Schlechter, MFT, Ph.D. candidate & Pamela Nelson-Serafini