GriefShare program offers safe place for grieving individuals

Star Staff

A support group for those who have lost a loved one through death is about to start a new 13-week program. The local program, titled GriefShare, is one of thousands around the world that offers a safe place for those grieving to find they are not alone.

There are 13 seminars, according to a news release from Jeri Snell, program coordinator. Each is “self-contained,” so an individual does not have to attend in sequence and most benefit from attending two or three separate courses. A $15 fee  covers the cost of the workbook. Scholarships are available.

Seminars are held the first and third Saturdays of each month. The first seminar is Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the library of the Grace Bible Church at 3505 Stower St. in Miles City.

For more information call the church at 406-232-5787 Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration for the seminars is appreciated, but not required.

According to Snell, GriefShare is a Biblically-based, Christ-centered program to help individuals work through the complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one through death. Although sponsored through Grace Bible Church, GriefShare is a non-denominational program. 

GriefShare is built around the following three components:

— Video seminars presented by GriefShare experts who offer important topics related to death and grief.

—A support group segment, which gives participants a safe, caring place to face their own issues and feelings related to their grief experiences.

— A workbook that helps participants sort through thoughts and emotions and learn what the Bible says about grief topics.