Comments from Grief Support Participant, Tami
"Taking the leap to go to a support group was not an easy
decision, but I knew that I needed something to help me on the journey of
"I felt safe and comfortable from the very first meeting. I
found comfort being with others who knew what I was going
"Great healing occurs when we reach out to others who are
hurting. Every person in my group helped me in some way or another. I'm sure
some of them didn't know how much they were helping me and
"The GriefShare curriculum is based on
the Scriptures, and from the beginning it was like God was talking directly to
my need. There were sessions that deallt with anger, confusion, and shaken
faith. Those were all things that I was feeling and I was able to share my
experience and others did the same. Sometimes it just helps to talk about our
feelings with others who felt the same way."
"I learned that it's OK to ask God, 'Why?' I also learned,
however, that I may not ever know why. Healing means that I can move on from
this place without all the answers knowing that the One who has all of the
answers has a plan for my hopeful future."
I would recommend GriefShare to anyone who has experienced the
death of someone close. I have discovered that the burden of grief is made
bearable when I listen to others who have known loss. I came away with an
assurance that I can be joyful in my circumstances and that I am not alone on
this road of recovery."
A Note From Ann Nelson of Elk Horn,
"I have benefited from this class
in many ways, many many ways-too many to respond to all. I have learned much
from the text and each of the ten touchstones (covered in the text). I not
only am aware of them but can actually see my application of them. They have
helped me to be more understanding and accepting of others who don't get
T his group and Dick, Amy
& Warren have given me a true sense of belonging: belonging to a group in which
we all, unfortunately, have common ground, a major loss of a loved one/ones.
Without judgment or criticism I have been given an outlet for sharing my sadness,
regret, anger, and hope. I belong to a loving, caring group that needs me as much
as I need them. You've all helped me to find purpose and meaning in life. Thank
"The community of Atlantic is
extremely fortunate to have such a caring, generous and innovative staff at
Rolands. They sponsor a grief class, facilitated by a professional who brings
not only his own education and life experience to the process but also his
caring and compassion to those in desperate need.
I can attest to the beneficial
impact it has had on me since the loss of my 21 year old daughter in 2002.
Roland's Grief Support provides a grief text and journal, which are ours to
keep. The sessions were totally unintimidating and we were encouraged to
participate at whatever level with which we were comfortable. There are no
wrong answers and no wrong ways of expressing our feelings. Encouragement,
praise, and compassion were bountiful.
I know how helpful this class has
been for me and would encourage anyone who is suffering from a loss to take
advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, outstanding
author, educator, and grief counselor has wisely stated, "We can learn to
mourn well, live well, and love well!"
About Death and Grief
Death is the one experience in
life that is shared by everybody.
acceptance lies peace." Amy
Life is a process! Loss puts a
sudden halt to business as usual.
Never, never forget we are not
alone in our grief!
Mourning is work, hard work. There
is no healthy way around grief. We must go through it to reach reconciliation
with the death of a loved one, not alone but with others who love
not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God" J. Oswald Chambers
Grief without faith isolates us;
grief mixed with faith brings God into the wilderness with those who grieve.
Faith helps us to have hope and peace in the confidence that God is with us
and will help us endure.
up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and
where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also." Matthew
If you are struggling with grief,
a Grief Support Group may help you in the process
of mourning. Sharing the mixture of emotions with others who have experienced
the loss of loved ones can be comforting and beneficial to you in your life
journey following the death of someone special.
Individual grief counseling can
provide further help in realizing hope and meaning in life once again
following your loss. Rolands provides group support and individual counseling
at no charge.
Rolands at (712)