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GriefShare Group at Abundant Life

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”—Psalm 147:3

GriefShare is a friendly, caring support group for people who have experienced the loss of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. You don’t have to go through life’s most difficult experiences alone. Grieving is a process. GriefShare group is here for you.

Healing

Connection

Rebuilding

GriefShare Group

Loss Is Confusing

Losing a loved one can be confusing, leaving you feeling alone. You have many questions about things you may have never faced before. It can be difficult to find people who understand the deep hurt you feel. GriefShare can help you by providing support and connection as you work towards rebuilding your life and healing from your loss.

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Who Should Attend GriefShare… Who Should Not

GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. While there are many types of losses people experience that can cause grief (loss of job, divorce, estranged family members, a move), these types of loss are not discussed in GriefShare.

If you are experiencing loss in other areas and are looking for support, reach out to us here.

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When to Join GriefShare

GriefShare is a 13-week group session offered at scheduled times throughout the year. Whenever you choose to attend, you will find support and encouragement. You will also get access to a workbook and any resources and videos that have been discussed or shown in past groups.  
The cost is $25 and covers the workbook.

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What to Expect | The Structure of GriefShare

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you move toward rebuilding your life and healing from your loss. Topics include…

What
is Normal?

The
“Why”

Lessons
of Grief

Challenges
of grief

Guilt
and anger

Heaven

The Journey
of Grief

Complicating Factors

What do I live for now?

Grief and your relationships

Stuck

GriefShare Group

Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

1.

Video seminar with experts:

GriefShare group starts by watching a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery. These videos can feature interviews with experts in the field, real-life stories, dramatizations/reenactments, and on-location videos.

2.

Focused support group discussion:

After watching the video together, you and other group members will discuss what was in the video and how it relates to what is going on in your life and theirs.

3.

Personal study and reflection:

You will have an opportunity to study the grieving process using your workbook during the week. Your workbook will help you journal to sort out your emotions. Your group will discuss workbook questions and personal reflection comments the following week.

What to Expect | Emotions from GriefShare

Most people quickly feel comfortable and accepted in their GriefShare group. They find comfort in knowing others share their feelings and understand the hurt and loss they have experienced.

Feeling Nervous

Feeling a little nervous when attending your first GriefShare group is completely normal. For most, the nervous feeling goes away quickly, and they find the group warm, comforting, and safe.

Feeling Lonely

When someone you love dies, it’s common to feel alone. In GriefShare, you’ll find connection and support, knowing others understand the emotions and pain you are going through.

Feeling Encouraged

After attending GriefShare, you’ll begin to learn practical and helpful information that will guide you through the grief process. By listening to others and hearing their stories, you will find encouragement and hope as you begin to rebuild your life.

Feeling Like Sharing

There is something healing when you can share your experiences. At GriefShare, you will have an opportunity to share. Each group session includes a time to talk about what you’ve seen and learned from the group, where you are in the process, and what is going on in your life. You will have the opportunity to tell your story. However, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.

Feeling Reflective

GriefShare offers a workbook where you can write down what you learn and use it for personal study to better understand the grief process and sort out your emotions. Your notebook contains “Care Cards,” perforated cards you can tear out and carry with you to reflect upon during low points in your day.

Feeling Closure

Through the grief process, you will begin to feel closure in your loss. It’s sometimes hard to move on in life when you are still dealing with the grief and emptiness that happens after the death of a loved one. In GriefShare, you will learn how to go through a healthy season of grieving and transition to emotional and spiritual wholeness. We call this “your journey from mourning to joy.”

Feeling a Sense of Belonging

You will find that through GriefShare, you become part of a “family.” GriefShare group members often say their group is like family. You will make new friends and build connections with others as you rebuild your life and begin to heal.

Feeling Hopeful

Going through GriefShare will show you that there is hope for the future. When you begin, things may look bleak, but as you move through the grief process, you learn how hope can be restored, and your life can be rebuilt.  The program has helped many move from deep grief to peace and joy.

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Who Leads GriefShare?

GriefShare leaders have the heart to help those who have experienced loss begin to heal. They understand the feeling of grief and loss because most have also experienced it. They provide encouraging examples of the healing and restoration that can occur as an outgrowth of deep grief.

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GriefShare Days & Times

At Abundant Life, we offer two times for GriefShare in the fall (September) and the winter (January). Sign up for the times that work best for you.

Mornings

Thursdays starting September 5 – December 5

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Lee's Summit Campus, Counseling Center

Evenings

Thursdays starting September 12 – December 19

6:30–8:30 pm

Lee's Summit Campus, Admin Building Room 129

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Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

Online Group
Tuesday, December 5
6:00 – 8:00 pm