‘GriefShare’ Begins Aug. 30th at The Crossing

Loss is a universal experience, yet one that often causes a great deal of pain and confusion. Broken relationships, dreams unrealized, hopes dashed…all of these life events produce a loss that, if not dealt with fully and grieved appropriately, can be devastating for an individual’s recovery.

One of the deepest losses we experience this side of heaven is the death of a loved one, someone close to our heart. Whether it is a spouse, a parent, a child or a best friend, when death whisks someone away from your life, you will experience some of the deepest pain you’ve ever known, the kind of pain that represents many losses.

GriefShare at The CrossingWhile all of us will most likely experience this kind of a loss at least a few times over the course of a lifetime, we can often feel alone when it actually happens, and that sense of aloneness can be isolating. It seems as though no one understands the depth of pain we are feeling. Well-meaning words of comfort offered by others can often fall flat or, at worst, aggravate the loss even further.

After Warren and I were married in 2004, his father died unexpectedly from a fall less than three months later. Having lived through his mother’s death to cancer as a young man in his 20s, Warren once described a feeling of being “untethered in the world,” as if he was no longer as firmly tied to his remaining family members as he once had been. Having yet to live through the death of either of my parents, I could not relate to the complex and painful emotions he was feeling. I struggled to comfort him in ways that were helpful, though obviously I loved him deeply:

“Growing up, we naturally look to our parents as our source of comfort and protection in a harsh world. This dynamic runs so deep that when we lose them both, regardless of what age we are, there’s a corresponding feeling of having lost a primary safety net, real or perceived, that we have enjoyed our entire lives. Even though I was in my early 40s when my Dad died, the suddenness of his death left me feeling like some sort of emotional sinkhole had opened up underneath my feet.”

Helping others process pain and confusion in light of what God offers us in Jesus is why The Crossing is offering GriefShare this fall for the first time.

GriefShare offers a Christ-centered approach to healing from the unique kind of pain that comes with death. Participants are brought alongside others who are going through the same thing in a 12-week classroom setting. Led by facilitators who understand what you are going through, GriefShare offers a safe, zero-pressure setting to help others begin to unravel and process the complicated feelings that accompany a death close at hand.

Classes begin Wednesday, August 30th, 6:30 p.m. at The Crossing and are open to everyone in our community, regardless of where they may be in their journey of faith. Sign up now, as space is limited, and please feel free to pass this information on to someone you may know who has recently experienced a significant loss. For more information, visit GriefShare.org or contact me at michele@thecrossingchurch.com.

Romans 8:26-28 (ESV)
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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