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Grieving Ministry to Launch at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco; All are Welcome

SACO---In an effort to offer support and comfort to community members coping with the loss of a loved one, Good Shepherd Parish in Saco will start a grieving ministry in late August to walk alongside individuals needing guidance through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Grief Share is a faith-based, supportive group that will meet each Thursday evening in a conference room of Most Holy Trinity Church, located on 271 Main Street in Saco. The meetings will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, August 22, to Thursday, October 24, with each week focusing on a different theme (themes and registration information listed below).  The support group will be led by individuals who understand what grieving people are going through and want to help. Participants will also have access to resources that will help them recover and rebuild.

A special session, available to all, entitled “Surviving the Holidays” will be held on Thursday, November 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church. This session will offer participants practical ways to work through difficult moments that may arise during the Thanksgiving or Christmas season as a result of the loss they have experienced.

Both the weekly sessions and “Surviving the Holidays” provide Bible-based support, prayer, video presentations, and group support discussions.

Here is a list of the weekly themes:

Week 1 (August 22)
Is It Normal?

The session will discuss why grief experiences are harder than imagined, why the intensity and duration of emotions are normal and appropriate, and why there is reason for hope.

Week 2 (August 29)
Challenges of Grief

The session will offer eye-opening reasons for why grief is so overwhelming; discuss the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on mind, body, and spirit; and explain how to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy.

Week 3 (September 5)
The Journey of Grief

The session will offer helpful goals to set on your journey of grief and ways to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief. It will also feature discussion and information on how long the journey of grief typically lasts, why it’s important to put effort into your healing, how the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief, and the best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings.

Week 4 (September 12)
Grief and Your Relationship

The session will show how the death of a loved one affects friendships, why solitude can be a blessing and a curse, and how to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief.

Week 5 (September 19)
Why

The session examines the fact that God wants us to share our feelings with Him, why being honest with God is an expression of faith, and what God has to say to us about our “why” questions.

Week 6 (September 26)
Guilt and Anger

The session explains how to deal with false guilt, grieve conflicted relationships, and handle grief-related anger.

Week 7 (October 3)
Complicated Grief

The session explores how traumatic experiences affect grief, how to deal with nightmares and flashbacks, and how our thinking affects our emotions.

Week 8 (October 10)
Stuck

The session shows how to prevent getting stuck in grief, common misconceptions that hinder healing, and why our path to healing is not always smooth.

Week 9 (October 17)
Lessons of Grief

The session looks at an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful, why going to Church can be so difficult, the benefit of helping others, who we are now that a loved one is gone, why nobody grieves perfectly, and what grief can teach about relationships.

Week 10 (October 24)
What Do I Live for Now?

The session discusses why moving forward is a necessity and a process, and why peace and pain will always coexist.

Some sessions will feature additional topics. Participants can visit or join the group at any time and attend as many or as few meetings as they like. To register or for more information, call (207) 282-3321, ext. 112, or visit
www.goodshepherdparish.us/grief-share-registration.