December 15, 2018

Surviving the holidays to be focus of grief seminar


MIO –– A seminar is scheduled to be held Nov. 11 at the Mio United Methodist Church for those grieving the loss of a loved one during the upcoming holiday season.

Pastor Brenda Klacking said this will be the first time the seminar has been held in the area, but she has high hopes for it as the church has been hosting GriefShare on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and she has gotten positive responses.

“We are having our GriefShare group, which is a 13-week support group and it’s part of their curriculum to have that extra seminar if we desire to do that,” she said.

A 40-minute video will be shown during the seminar, which will outline practical tips for holiday survival and stories from those who have already navigated the season following the death of a loved one.

“We just hope that everyone that is grieving and needs to hear what is being said is there,” Klacking said. “I think God will bring the ones that really need to be there.”

Optional sharing will take place during this time and attendees are welcome to share how their grief is affecting them personally. Each attendee will receive a personal copy of the GriefShare Holiday Survival Guide to take home with them for reference.

“I think probably the biggest thing we’ve heard from the grief support groups is that (attendees) realize they’re not alone,” Klacking said. “They’re not the only ones going through this grief process and if it takes them longer than someone else to get to a certain point, that’s OK. Everyone heals from grief at their own speed. I think that’s probably what they learn the most and they can feel free in a small group to share what they’re feeling, and then other people will say, ‘Oh, I’ve felt like that, too.’”

Klacking said the support group is essential as it is a well-known fact that the holidays are more difficult for those suffering from grief, especially when it’s the first holiday season after the death of a loved one.

The seminar will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Mio United Methodist Church, located at 1101 W. Eighth St., across from Mio AuSable Schools. For more information or to sign up for the seminar, call Barbara Butler at 989-826-1546.

“Just don’t let anything hold you back if you feel like you need to be here or want to see what it’s about, come and find out,” Klacking said. “There’s no necessity to speak up if they don’t want to and they will learn from the video and other people how they’ve handled these things in the past.”


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