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compassWe never really know what lies ahead in our life’s journey. Just as we think we have things figured out and what direction we’re headed, life throws us a curve ball!

My online blogger friend, JoAnne Funch, gives a great analogy for helping us through the grief process in her Heartache to Healing website. Sometimes we have to be open to change and allow our inner compass to guide us through. JoAnne shares her blog: Life is like a Compass.

“Just as our grief doesn’t follow a predictable course like a map, neither does life. In fact, it’s more like a compass because it points you in the general direction and then you figure out where to turn.” -JoAnne Funch

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]GriefShare groups are for anyone going through grief over losing a loved one. This could be a spouse, parent, sibling, child, friend or anyone who left this world too soon and has left a footprint on your heart. GriefShare is there to help you walk through grief with others who understand the hurt you feel.

GRIEF SHARE
https://www.griefshare.org/

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

How GriefShare works:
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. There’s one meeting near you!
Plug in your zip code and find the GriefShare groups that are close to you!

Free daily email encouragement:
Receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sign up for the GriefShare daily emails.

HeartSometimes we just need a subtle reminder that God is still with us. There are times and circumstances that are beyond our control. So this is just a reminder, that whatever you are going through….YOU ARE LOVED and this is God’s reminder.

This picture shared from my friend Ferree Hardy’s website….Widow’s Christian Place.

 

It is possible! Listen to this YouTube with Esther Gold and then maybe consider a 2020 cruise next year for a new beginning. What better way to start a new year, by sharing your grief with others who understand while enjoying some travel time!

 

Fathers dayAs the years goes by, and your loved one is a precious memory, it may help to celebrate his life instead of mourning his death. The following article, “HONORING A DECEASED FATHER ON FATHER’S DAY”, shares ideas for Father’s Day to those who have lost a father. These are some ways you can start a tradition or find a different way to honor him each year.

On this website, Sympathy Solutions, you can also find:

Bible Verses for Grief:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” –2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Quotes for Healing:

Challenges will continue to come. It is my choice to look for the joy or to let my spirit sink back into grief. I choose joy. – Donna Thomas, Author

There are many more articles, products and resources on this website. Share this post with others who may need some guidance and comfort in their grief!

 

churchSheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) perseveres through grief when her husband, Dave Goldberg, suddenly dies in 2015. Listen to Clay Scroggins (Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church- one of Americas largest churches) interview Sheryl as she talks about her grief journey.

In the 3rd part of the series, Fight For It, Clay explains how the struggle is real and Sheryl shares her struggles in her widowhood. It is summed up…. “In our greatest adversities, we receive the gift of being comforted by God, so we may then comfort others.”

support groupsHere are some great ideas and options from my on-line friend, JoAnne Funch, for finding Grief Support Groups in your area. I received this e-mail from JoAnne’s blog, Heartache to Healing, and wanted to share with my followers as well….

One of the most frequently asked questions…
Hi Cindy Adams,
I receive emails and comments on my blog almost weekly from people looking for a grief group. The simplest way to find a grief group in your community is by picking up the phone and contacting the following organizations who would have the most up to date information on groups.
Hospice
Funeral Homes
Church’s/ Synagogue’s
Hospitals
Sometimes if you are searching online via Google or your favorite search engine you may not see all the possible opportunities because for example, a church may not have anywhere to post it online.

You will also find grief groups online which can be helpful particularly if you are in an area without access to an in-person group. Being online allows 24/7 access, but the downside is the face to face interaction and typically no facilitator. Sometimes being in-person allows the facilitator to encourage people to participate where online you don’t always get that support.
I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Heartachetohealing/

Knowing you are not alone in your grief is important and talking with others who are walking the journey of grief can bring comfort along with the camaraderie of connecting with and getting together with others who can support each other in a different way than family or friends often can.

JoAnne Funch
Grief Coach, Author, Speaker and Provider of hope
http://www.heartachetohealing.com

 

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