Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
(Psalms 23:4 NIV)
We, at Cary Alliance Church, are a family. And like a family, we do life together… and we do death together, too. Losing a loved one is often a long and difficult journey through a very dark valley with overwhelming fears, obstacles, and challenges. Yet, if we walk the road together, sharing our burdens and encouragements, we can emerge on the other side with a new joy and more intimate relationships with our Lord and each other.
One way we support each other is through our grief support groups in which we use GriefShare materials developed by Church Initiative.
GriefShare is a 13-week, biblically-based grief recovery seminar. It utilizes a small group setting, video-based presentations by grief recovery experts, group discussion, and a workbook with daily reading and writing suggestions. Each session is about 90-minutes long. Here are some testimonies from GriefShare alumni about the impact of GriefShare on their lives.
Our next GriefShare group is scheduled to begin in early January, 2018.
Surviving the Holidays
For many who are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can bring lots of powerful emotions as well as unique events that may be difficult to navigate. GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays seminar is designed to help you plan and prepare for the season wisely. It is a single, two-hour, biblically-based grief recovery seminar. It, too, utilizes a small group setting, video-based presentations by grief recovery experts, group discussion, and a workbook with daily reading and writing suggestions.
Here is a sample of what you will see:
Our next Surviving the Holidays seminar will be on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at between 12 and 3 at Cary Alliance Church. Lunch will be provided.
There is no charge for registration. The workbook costs the church $5.00 each, if you would like to reimburse the church.
Child care will not be provided.
Daily E-mail Devotionals
Whether or not you participate in our group, GriefShare offers a free daily e-mail devotionals that cover and reinforce the same material that’s used in the class. To sign up, go to A Season of Grief.
Find a Group
If you are not able to meet with our group, you may be able to find one near you that meets at a more convenient time and place. To find a group in your area, click here.
What about children and youth who are experiencing grief?
The GriefShare materials are designed for adults and mature youth. However, GriefShare recommends another program for children and youth called Seasons for Growth produced by Good Grief. While we don’t yet offer this program at our church, their web site contains helpful resources.