Support for those who have lost a loved one
“It [GriefShare] has gotten me through the hardest time of my life.” (Read more testimonials...)
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.
At Glad Tidings, we hope to help you navigate these waters. We don't have all the answers, but we pray this group will be a place of solace for you and a shelter from the storm you may be experiencing. We look forward to meeting you. God bless you.
GriefShare is comprised of 13 sessions. These sessions consist of a spiritually-based video seminar, followed by a group discussion of the session's topic. A workbook will reinforce each session’s topic and provide valuable resources to help you deal with the pain of the loss and help you move toward rebuilding your life.
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
There are thousands of GriefShare recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. There is one coming soon at Glad Tidings Church.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
Who should come … who should not?
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation. If you are going through separation or divorce, please consider participating in a DivorceCare program.
When to join a GriefShare group
You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.
Is there a fee?
Yes, there is a $15 fee to cover the cost of the required workbook.
I have never been to a group like this before. What can I expect?
Most people quickly feel comfortable and accepted in their GriefShare group. They discover there are others who have the same kind of feelings they do and who understand the hurt they feel and the loss they have experienced.
You’ll probably feel a little nervous about going to GriefShare the first time. Those feelings go away quickly for most people, usually during the first session they attend. GriefShare is a warm, caring environment designed to help you.
You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences! When someone you love dies, it’s common to feel isolated. In GriefShare, you’ll find that you are not alone, that there are others who understand what you are going through.
You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss. The GriefShare DVD videos feature top experts on grief recovery subjects and case studies of people just like you, who have been through the grief experience.
You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences. It can be very healing to tell others what you are going through. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what you’ve seen on the GriefShare videos and what is going on in your life. And while you have the opportunity to tell your story, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.
You’ll have a workbook for personal study and to write down things you’ve learned. The workbook provides opportunity for further study about the grief process and personal reflection about your grief. The weekly journaling questions help you sort through your emotions. You can tear out and carry with you the perforated “Care Cards” for words of encouragement during the lowest points of your day.
At GriefShare, you’ll begin to gain closure in your loss. It’s sometimes hard to move on in life when you are still dealing with the grief and emptiness that happens after a loved one dies. You’ll learn how to go through a healthy season of grieving, then begin transitioning to emotional and spiritual wholeness. We call this “your journey from mourning to joy.”
You’ll become part of a “family.” GriefShare group members often tell us they feel like their group has become a family, that they made new friends and are around people they can relate to.
You’ll discover hope for the future. While things may look bleak now, you’ll learn ways to restore your hope and rebuild your life. Many GriefShare alumni tell us the program helped them move from deep grief to peace and a sense of joy again.
We want to help you on your journey toward recovery. Here are some suggestions that can make a big difference in your progress toward healing:
Build a Support Team. Don’t try to go through the grieving process alone. Link up with a GriefShare grief recovery support group. It’s a place where you’ll find caring people who understand the issues you face. If you do not live near Rochester, NY, our Group Finder will help you locate a group near you.
God, What Is Going On? Death reminds us there is something terribly wrong with the world. Find out what it is, what God is doing to fix it, and how this can bring you hope and healing in God, What Is Going On?
Find Daily Encouragement. Subscribe to “A Season of Grief,” GriefShare's free daily email messages designed to encourage you. You’ll receive 365 uplifting messages that will help guide you through the healing process.
Personal Study. Our Help for the Journey section provides daily reading and exercises to help you dig deeper into the grief recovery process.