By Donna Marable
First Baptist Gulf Shores is hopping with excitement this month. The leaders of the 13-week upcoming Grief Share session have been busy training in anticipation of a great fall and winter! Director Barb Hough, with the support of the church, has acquired Grief Share National’s all new video products, materials, and tools.
Most everyone has experienced the death of someone – it could be a spouse, child, family member, or friend. The weight of grief from the loss of a loved one lightens with sharing. All individuals and their situations are unique, but with sharing in a comfort zone, a common bond and spirit of camaraderie are formed that encourages hope and promotes healing of hearts – – the goal of the program. The complete materials are available and may be reviewed on Grief Share National’s website: www.griefshare.org, BUT there is a proven benefit of these small group sessions led by trained facilitators who debrief after each session cooperatively discussing their efforts, feedback, and other details to develop ideas to apply to better help attendees in future meetings.
The last two fall and spring sessions produced participants who claim “they are ALWAYS going to be coming back” . . . they state they love the sessions and many want to give back in various ways – participating, helping where needed, bringing snacks, etc. There’s an excitement in the air while working together toward a common goal, and many have expressed no notion to give up the weekly meeting.
This seminar is 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. each Thursday at the church, 2200 West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 36542beginning August 31, 2023, skipping Thanksgiving, and ending November 30th. For questions or more information, you may phone the church at (251) 968-7369. Following this session, there will be another one that runs from January – April 2024 and a fall, 2024 session. Easy sign-up is available at www.griefshare.org/groups/168158. The titles of the 13 weeks of videos are at the bottom of this website. Please consider coming if you wish your heart and hope restored, Director Barb Hough and the crew will be there to welcome you!