By Ken DeLaat
“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope”-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Few things are as painful to the human experience as grief over the loss of a loved one. It engulfs our lives and colors our world. In a previous occupational incarnation I was privileged to accompany people on this journey as their therapist. They shared varying depths of emotional pain and I vividly recall hearing statements such as “I never imagined I could hurt this badly and not die.”
In 2011 a group from First CRC of Fremont started a GriefShare ministry for the community, a 13 week course involving a video series titled ““Your Journey from Mourning to Joy”, providing a Christ-centered perspective on grieving.
Since then the twice yearly series of meetings have provided much needed support to community members who are navigating the stormy waters of the grief process.
On September 5th a new series begins. For more information on GriefShare please follow this link