As the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are quickly approaching, I’m mindful that for many people this can be a difficult time, especially if they have lost a loved one in recent years. So I am very pleased that Gethsemane is able to provide a special opportunity this year to support those who grieve.
Beginning November 23rd we will be hosting a set of six sessions relating to grief and loss entitled Grief Healing through Group Support. Our presenter will be Rita Goldhammer who is a local author and Certified Bereavement Facilitator. The sessions will be on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and cover the following topics:
November 23 Recognizing Your Loss – Styles of Grieving
November 30 Reacting to Your Loss – Emotions and Self-care
December 7 Readjusting to a New World – Family Dynamics
December 14 Recollecting and Re-experiencing – Getting through the Holidays
(Note the two week break in the series over Christmas)
January 4 Relinquishing the Old Attachments – Loss Dreams
January 11 Reaching Out to a New Future
Through the generosity of gifts to our Memorial Fund, we are
delighted to provide these sessions free of charge and open to the general
public. If you know of others who might
benefit from this opportunity, please extend our invitation to them as well. (A full-color flier is attached below that you can download if you wish.)
The Scriptures remind us that “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” That beautiful verse from Psalm 30 acknowledges both the reality of sorrow, as well as the firm promise of God that joy will return in due time. Wherever you are in that journey, all of us at Gethsemane pray that the Lord’s presence will clear to you throughout this holiday season, and all the days to come.
Your Servant in Christ,
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