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How GriefShare Works

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before.

"Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you're shivering."

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts
Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus
After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week's video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection
During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

Available Sessions

GriefShare Series @ St. Matthew (Appleton) to begin in September
Target Audience: Adults facing grief after the death of a loved one

St. Matthew's GriefShare Series normally offered during the summer has been canceled. It could not be offered effectively due to present circumstances. Those experiencing intense grief due to death are encouraged to contact their pastor, a therapist, or Joyce or Pastor Jon at St. Matthew Lutheran Church (info below).

St. Matthew (129 S. Mason St. Appleton) is planning to hold the GriefShare Support Group in the fall. This practical and hope-inspiring series features biblical, Christ-centered videos and teachings that focus on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. Each of the 13 sessions feature a video session followed by support group discussion.

The next series of sessions is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday mornings, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, beginning September 12th. More information will be shared later this summer.

Please contact Joyce Schroeder at 920-585-9080 / joymarie48@yahoo.com or Pastor Jon Kuske at 920-750-0828 / pastorkuske@stmatthewlutheran.com with any questions or for more information.

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