The Faith & Grief Ministry is offering in-person support gatherings on the first Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village. Here you may come to a safe place to remember your loved one, to be among others who have suffered loss, and to be in the hands of God. Included is a reading, a prayer, and a guest speaker, followed by visiting with others at your table. A free box lunch is provided. Participants will be socially distanced at the tables. Masks will be required except while eating. You can find more information and how to register here https://www.faithandgrief.org/gatherings/
When something happens outside of our control, we may feel frustrated, cheated, angry, guilty . . . or a multiplicity of feelings may assault us. The loss of an important person in our lives confronts us with a sense of helplessness and may leave us feeling abandoned. In addition to our Faith and Grief Support that is offered monthly on the first Tuesday, below are a few offerings of books that you may find helpful:
In My Mother’s Kitchen – by Robin Edgar – An introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscence. Using memories to preserve family traditions.
Safe Passage – by Molly Furnia -This book is composed of short meditations on each page that reflect the changing process of grief towards a new reality.
The Mourning Handbook – by Helen Fitzgerald – A non-judgmental book with no “shoulds’ or timetables.
Living When a Loved One Has Died – by Earl Grollman – Looks at individual reactions to loss and some of the pitfalls. Ideas about how to slowly build new lives and to heal.
Surviving Grief and Learning to Live Again – by Catherine Sanders – Presents an understanding of the pain isolation, rage, ruild, anxiety and intense sadness that can occur when facing loss.
Of Interest to Men:
Swallowed by a Snake -by Thomas Golden – The Masculine Side of Healing. Discusses how the genders differ in their healing and gives examples of successful and unique healing strategies.
Into the Cave: When Men Grieve – by Ron Petrie – Looks at the differences between men and women as they go through the grieving process. Gives insight and direction.
Of Interest to Teens:
When a Friend Dies – by Marilyn Gootman – A book for teens about grieving and healing. Short, easy-read book for teens grieving the death of a friend.
Of Interest for Parents:
Keys to Helping Children Deal with Death and Grief – by Joy Johnson – Helping parents explain death to children.
A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies – by Anne McCracken – A collection of poetry, fiction, and essays compiled by authors who experienced the death of a child.
Of Interest for Spouses
Being a Widow – by Lynn Caine – This author provides comfort and guidance to women trying to carry on.
Widow: Rebuilding Your Life – by Genevieve Ginsburg – Writing from her own experiences as a widow, this author dispels the myths, encouraging the widow to begin her new life in her own way.
Web Sites for Grief Support
Provides information about hospice care, short articles for the bereaved, assistance in finding a support group.
Centering is North America’s oldest and largest grief resource center.
Create a website to connect with family and friends during a serious health event. It’s free.
Finding comfort in the stories of others who are on a similar grief journey.