GriefShare program offered to those who have experienced the death of a family member

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

If you have experienced the death of a family member or friend, you are invited to attend the weekly GriefShare program held at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown beginning on Tuesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

GriefShare is a nondenominational thirteen-week DVD seminar that features nationally respected grief experts and real ­life stories of people who have experienced the loss of a loved one and the lessons they have learned that can be of help.

Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow­up discussions were to them. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage as a slave to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Grief­-related books/materials are made available for participants to borrow.

Participants will meet in the family room of New Hope Christian Church, 3301 South Center St., Marshalltown. (Use NE Entrance) To pre­register or for any questions, call 641­-752-­1612. There is a suggested donation of $15 for materials. Scholarships are available.