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Since the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of additional challenges in our lives, some may like some additional support and encouragement. Church Initiative has produced a summer support series.  We will present and discuss the four videos in this series between our current session and the Fall session. These videos discuss issues that grieving people are facing today.  Addressing these issues will be the experts that you have seen in the GriefShare videos, such as Sabrina Black, Norm Wright, Robert DeVries, Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, and others.  The titles (and dates) are:

  • COVID-19 & Grief (Aug 18)  How do you work through grief during a pandemic? GriefShare experts offer helpful insights on how to cope with current social restrictions and anxieties, and what Scriptures to turn to for guidance.
  • Anxiety & Grief (Aug 25)  What happens when anxiety and grief collide? Hear what experts recommend when this happens. Learn how to respond in a healthy way and move forward, even when it feels impossible.
  • Loneliness in Grief (Sep 1)  Sometimes the loneliness created by the death of a loved one is so intense, it’s hard to know how to handle it. GriefShare expert Dr. Elias Mointinho gives you important insights for dealing with the pain.
  • Searching for a “New Normal” after Loss (Sep 8)  What does life look like after the passing of someone close to you? Life can’t continue as it had, and it can be hard to think of life as ever being “normal” again. Dr. Elias Mointinho helps you think through how to move forward.

Each video is about 15 minutes long and will be followed with a facilitated discussion.  We are targeting a 90 minute long meeting.  The meeting will look like a regular GriefShare meeting without the homework discussion or a break.  The meetings will be presented using Zoom video conferencing.