“…The group is intended to provide a social setting in which we may get to know one another, and attend to our sense of loss. I expect we will share insights as well as the upheaval of grief. We might weep and laugh, share stories, or at times be silent. This group will assist us in our mutual healing.
“So how can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up?” ~ Charles Dickens
Grief Group 2017 begins March 1, 2017. This group will run from 1-2:30 p.m. on 10 consecutive Wednesdays and is open to UCIM & neighbours in Winnipeg (spread the word). Healing after Loss, by MW Hickman, will be our text for discussion.
I am writing to let you know that I am starting a small group for those who have experienced a loss in the last 2-3 years. Would you care to join this group?
“Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible – not to have run away.” ~Dag Hammarskjold
The group is intended to provide a social setting in which we may get to know one another, and attend to our sense of loss. I expect we will share insights as well as the upheaval of grief. We might weep and laugh, share stories, or at times be silent. This group will assist us in our mutual healing.
“Even desolation is a world to be explored.” ~ Sylvia Townsend Warner
We will meet over 7 consecutive Wednesday afternoons, from 1-2:30 p.m., beginning March 1. I will offer some content for structure or exercises to launch our discussions. However, I will invite the participants to take over and direct the conversation where it needs to go. This will be less a course, and more a journey with others who have shared the experience.
“Help thy brother’s (sister’s) boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore.” ~ Hindu Proverb
I have found a book by Martha Whitmore Hickman called Healing after loss; Daily meditations for working through grief (about $10) to be very easy and very helpful. It will serve as a guide for our journey. The book can be ordered through UCiM
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:4
At the end of 10 weeks, the group can make the decision whether and how to continue, if at all. In the past, some groups have morphed into a dinner group or “lunch bunch.” Others have continued as a book group … looking at additional grief resources. Still others have disbanded, and group members have stayed friends or gone their separate ways. Again, participants will decide.
“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” ~ Faith Baldwin
If you have particular questions, please email Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the church at 204-256-7002.
“In the midst of winter, I discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus
Peace to you!
(Rev. Dr.) Gordon Taylor
P.S. If there is someone in your family who would be interested, feel free to forward the invitation.