The dark winter months, coupled with the feeling of loss, can make the first of the year a struggle. With this in mind, First Baptist Church of Athens announces the start of GriefShare Support Groups.
Both groups begin on Monday January 24 and end on Monday April 25. The morning group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the evening group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Loss has been everywhere this year, but the loss of a family member is especially difficult.” said Generations Minister Gwen Richardson.
GriefShare offers support, help and encouragement to those who have experienced a life-changing loss.
“If you know someone who has lost a loved one, tell them about GriefShare,” Richardson said.
To sign up or learn more, go to griefshare.org or www.lovingtheworld.com.
GriefShare groups meet annually around the world. Richardson said that unfortunately the Athens 2021 meetings were canceled due to the surge of COVID-19 which hit around the time the sessions would have started. The impact of COVID, which has killed nearly 400 people in Henderson County, has left many families dealing with the unexpected loss of family and close friends.
The GriefShare site describes support groups as “people who understand your hurts, your emotions and your painful experiences.”
When someone you love dies, it’s common to feel isolated. In GriefShare you will find that you are not alone, there are others who understand what you are going through.
Grieving is part of the healing process. In the sessions, thereou will learn how to navigate a healthy season of grief, then begin the transition to emotional and spiritual wholeness.
Richardson describes generational ministry as addressing the empty nesters and above. Several activities, such as GriefShare, fall under the ministry.