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    Swift Presbyterian Church offers a 13-week series of GriefShare sessions from time to time.

    Facilitators are Paula and Danny Brewer. You can reach the Brewers by email at or by calling 251-284-4225.


    Facing the reality of losing a loved one is not something that anyone is ever ready for, and talking to someone who is going through the same thing is always comforting.

    Helping people find ways to start putting their life back together again after a loss is the main purpose of GriefShare. Helping people find hope and support after they have lost a loved one is part of the process.

    Society puts pressure on people to get on with their lives, which is not an easy task. People don’t know how to face tomorrow.


    GriefShare offers important tools that make the process of facing tomorrow a little less confusing. GriefShare is a Christ-centered 13-week program, open to anyone, taking people on a journey of how to deal with grief through a series of group meetings with a DVD, a workbook (at a cost of $15), and sharing.

    The DVD and workbook help individuals discover the necessary steps needed to deal with the grief and move on with life one day at a time. The sharing helps us to realize that we are not alone. It is sometimes scary to enter a meeting alone when you don’t know anyone.

    If you don’t need GriefShare, be a support system for someone who is dealing with grief and come with them until they are comfortable. Grief has no time limit — so if you lost someone a few weeks ago or 20 years ago, you are welcome. Let’s walk this journey of grief together and go from “mourning to joy.”

    Hurting? You don’t have to go
    through grieving process alone

     By PAULA BREWER GriefShare facilitator at Swift Church 

    Many in our church family and community have experienced the death of a loved one in the last year.

    When we are grieving, it is hard to concentrate, hard to even function. It is very difficult sometimes to express to others what we are feeling. Getting out of bed every day can be a difficult chore.

    There are no “instructions” for grieving. Those who are not on the same path that you are on don’t seem to know what to say and sometimes don’t know “what is wrong with you.” During these times, it is always good to be with others who are going through the same things you are going through.

    GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief support group that provides you with tools that will help you navigate your way on the grief journey and gives you the gift of time with others who can support you, comfort you and even provide you with suggestions that might make this time easier to handle.

    GriefShare is a faith-based support group where friendly, caring people will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

    Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

    ● Video seminar with experts

    Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic re-enactments, and on-location video.

    ● Support group discussion with focus

    After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

    ● Personal study and reflection

    During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.

     An overview of the GriefShare experience: 

    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.

    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.”

    Group leadership
    The leadership team for GriefShare consists of people who understand how you feel and have a real concern for individuals experiencing the grief of loss. Most GriefShare leaders have experienced significant losses in their lives and are examples of the healing and restoration that can occur as an outgrowth of deep grief.

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    GriefShare grief support ministry offers some help

    Love, laughter and good times — all part of the holiday season. From the first thought of a Thanksgiving turkey right through the New Year’s Eve “Auld Lang Syne,” we are conditioned to expect happiness. But the reality for many is quite the opposite.

    For those who are grieving the loss of someone close to them, holidays can only amplify their heartache. There is no statute of limitations on grief. Years may pass, and for 10 months of the year you function fine, but the memories that just naturally arrive with the holiday festivities can throw someone into a deep sadness.

    As part of the GriefShare grief support ministry, Swift Presbyterian Church is hosting a special seminar called “Surviving the Holidays.” It is designed for those who are dealing with grief this holiday season. The seminar consists of a video with practical tips, an opportunity to hear from others who are also dealing with personal grief, an opportunity to share or not to share your own experience, and a holiday survival guide that will take you through the next weeks.

    Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4 until 6:30 p.m. for this stepping stone in your journey from “mourning to joy.” A light dinner is included. Call for more information, or just show up. And bring a friend.



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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367