New Hope Community Church, 592 Beaver Road, is extending help to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Anyone who needs to experience recovery from loss in a non-denominational setting is invited to join the "Grief Share" program.
The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.
George Crain, facilitator, who heads the nursing home ministry, said past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Participants can start at any time and attend as many sessions as they like.
"Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended," said Crain, who has many years of experience as a hospice chaplain.
A person’s bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. He said some people grieve for years over the loss of a loved one and will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend.
"No matter what the cause of a loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what they are feeling"
Participants will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that they do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. They will also learn valuable information about facing the new normal in life and renewing their hope for the future.
Cost is $20 for all 13 sessions, which includes the workbook and light refreshments. To register or for more information, call George Crain, 412-680-8948. Visit griefshare.org to learn more about the program.