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GriefShare Support Group plans to move to afternoon program

ByJulie J. Helfer

Feb 28, 2022

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The organizers of an upcoming GriefShare support program are considering offering the 13-week program in the afternoon rather than the evening.

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Attendance at the last three fall and spring GriefShare groups in Tillsonburg has been mostly seniors, noted host Susan Fraser, and so far that continues to be the case for the next group beginning. March 16. However, many seniors travel from outside Tillsonburg.

“GriefShare is offered in and around Tillsonburg,” Fraser said. “Participants came from Delhi, Simcoe, Waterford, Aylmer and the country in between.”

Given the commute, several people expressed a preference for an afternoon schedule rather than driving at night.

“We talked about it and ask anyone who signs up or calls with questions about GriefShare, how would you feel about the afternoon or evening sessions. So far, they’re all saying the afternoon “would be fine with us”, and we’re definitely considering it.

A decision will be made one week before the start date of Wednesday March 16 and participants will be contacted.

The GriefShare Support Group is offered at Bethel Church, 269 Quarter Town Line in Tillsonburg.

GriefShare is a 13-week recovery support group that provides practical information, ideas and support for those grieving the loss of a loved one. A series of videos from professional grief counselors are followed by a support group discussion. There is no charge to enroll in the program, but there is a $25 charge for a personal notebook.

You can register at www.bethelpc.ca/griefshare or call Susan Fraser at 519-842-6728, or contact the Bethel office at [email protected] or 519-842-9401 (dial 0 for Pastor Sarabeth Strathdee ).

The success of each session is measured by changes in participants at the end of the program, Fraser said.

“Many new friendships have been made and they continue well beyond the GriefShare programs.”