When someone dies, oftentimes people say, “Sorry for your loss.” As the receiver of these words, we typically respond with, “Thank you,” but step away wondering if we feel better or not. Yes, it is nice that our heartache is acknowledged, but the grief feels much deeper than losing something. It’s not like we lost our favorite sunglasses in the lake, or misplaced our keys. . . No, this loss represents someone we care deeply for who is no longer present in our life. It’s a deep cut that alters how we operate in life. As we grieve, we struggle with how to relate to other people, how to tackle guilt, and how to keep moving forward to what’s next. These are all topics covered as part of the GriefShare ministry at Schweitzer.
For 12 weeks, from September 11 through November 13, you’ll find a group of people who are with you as you grieve the death of a family member or friend. Through a video-based teaching and guide book you’ll find resources and encouragement from other people who have experienced deep loss. We meet each Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm. We encourage you to attend all the weeks for the best experience, but you are welcome to join at any point.
Jenn Brown is the editor of the Schweitzer Spark and serves on staff as the Director of Communications. When she’s not in the office, you can find Jenn out exploring in nature, playing music around town, and working on more writing about various topics including grief, fashionable dogs, and traveling adventures.