Over the past 13 years, the Dwell Grief ministry has grown and expanded, offering various workshops and support groups to help those in grief. To accommodate the current COVID19 restrictions, a new “streamlined” workshop has been developed which is more suited for Zoom.
Beginning Wednesday, September 9th, the Grief Ministry will offer a 4-week workshop called “Navigating your Grief — Zoom Edition.” It will be on Zoom from 7:00-8:30 pm for four consecutive Wednesdays. This workshop is designed to encourage, educate, and equip individuals who are grieving the death of a loved one. Each week, a 10-15 minute video will be shown, following by group discussion. Here is a brief summary of what will be covered.
- WEEK 1: What Is “Normal” In Grief? Dealing with the intense emotions, the significant life changes, and the many practical considerations that accompany the death of a loved one, can make us feel overwhelmed and uncertain about our future. We may feel numb, brokenhearted, confused, and/or anxious. We may cry a lot or a little or not at all. Is there a “normal” way to grieve?
- WEEK 2: What Should I Expect Of Others? It is important to seek out people who acknowledge our loss and listen as we openly express our grief. Yet, many times the people we think will help the most are strangely absent. Often, friends have good intentions, but don’t know exactly what to do or say. How should we respond to insensitive friends who avoid us, or overzealous friends who want to “fix” us?
- WEEK 3: Why Do I Still Experience Anger, Guilt, And Regrets? With the death of a loved one, you may feel guilty for being the one who is still alive or relieved that your loved one is no longer suffering. You might feel angry at your loved for leaving you, disappointed in God for not preventing the death, and/or resentful toward the doctors who provided poor treatment. What is a Biblical response in such situations?
- WEEK 4: How Do I Know If I Am Making Progress? Grief is not just a series of events or stages to be checked off. Society places enormous pressure on us to get over loss, to get through grief, and to move on with our lives. There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. In reality, some form of grief will always be there. But how do we know if we are stuck in grief or moving forward?
Whether the loss is recent or in the remote past, the Navigating Your Grief workshop is a beneficial tool in understanding the impact of death on our lives and the meaningful ways to mourn the death of a loved one.
One of the benefits of attending a grief workshop is the reminder that you are not alone. Grief can feel very lonely and isolating, especially when no one else around you appears to be grieving. Although no two people experience grief in the exact same way, by attending a workshop you may find that other people have experiences, feelings, and struggles that are similar to your own.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or obtain more information.