‘GriefShare’ program offered at Ackerman Baptist

by Press Reports


Gentiva Hospice and Ackerman Baptist Church will begin offering the effective “GriefShare” grief support program on Tuesday evenings beginning January 21. GriefShare is a program for people mourning the death of a loved one.

A nationally known and effective 13-week program, GriefShare offers grieving family members and friends a chance to listen to grief counseling experts and personal stories, ask questions and share their own experiences in a safe place. Comments from some of the 15 who signed up for the first GriefShare include:

“I found out that my rollercoaster of feelings doesn’t mean I’m crazy!”

“I’m with people who really understand, and I can say whatever is on my heart.”

“I found hope when I was beginning to think there wasn’t any.”

“I’m beginning to find meaning again, and purpose. The experts really help too.”

Evening GriefShare will begin Tuesday, January 21, and will be offered every other week at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center at Ackerman Baptist Church in Ackerman. The evening offering hopefully will accommodate those who work or having busy day schedules.

GriefShare group meets weekly to help those who grieve face those challenges and begin to move toward healing, rebuilding their life, and finding new meaning. They may have lost a loved one very recently, or may find they are not able to move forward after time has passed. There is no “right” period or “right” way to mourn. Anyone is welcome to enter into the program at any time.

There are three key elements to GriefShare each week: watching a series of DVDs on different topics by top experts in the field, a time for group discussion (or simply for listening if you prefer not to talk), and an opportunity to use a workbook/journal for personal study and reflection.

Some of the experts in grief counseling, theology and personal experience who discuss various topics include: Anne Graham Lotz, speaker and author of Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand; Joni Erickson Tada, author and speaker who communicates about God’s love and grace since becoming a quadriplegic; Dr. Larry Crabb, author of Shattered Dreams; H. Norman Wright, grief therapist and certified trauma specialist who has authored 70 books including Experiencing Grief, Recovering from the Losses of Life; and Zig Ziglar, author of Confessions of a Grieving Christian, a story of his own journey after losing his daughter. Each week we will facilitate discussion and provide ongoing grief support.

The GriefShare program is Christian-based, but welcomes people of all faiths and those of none, in a non-threatening and welcoming way.

The only cost to the 13-week program is a $15 fee paid your first day for the workbook of reflections. They are also welcome to continue coming to GriefShare on an ongoing basis.

For more information about GriefShare or to register, please call Dori Jenrette at Gentiva Hospice at 662-615-1519.

About Gentiva Health Services

Gentiva Health Services Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive home health and hospice services throughout the United States. Gentiva delivers compassionate, high-quality care to patients through offerings that include skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. For more information, visit www.gentiva.com.