Loss is something we will all face at some point in our lives. Dealing with it is difficult, and it can feel like you’re alone in your grief.
That’s where Growing through Loss hopes to step in. The organization, through a series of seminars, provides support for adults who have experienced loss, including the death of a loved one, or a life transition such as job loss. Growing through Loss is sponsored by a coalition of 13 churches in the South Metro.
“Grief can be a difficult thing to talk about. We want people to know that they are not alone,” said Leslie Bailey, who serves on the Growing through Loss committee.
Each fall and spring Growing through Loss offers a five-week speaker series. Through the series, they provide practical information about the grieving process as well as care and support to those dealing with loss.
Bailey said the series features a variety of speakers, including counselors, clergy and those who have gone through loss and come out on the other side. They will touch on the various aspects of grief.
Growing through Loss will host the first of its five-week spring speaker series at 7 p.m. April 7 at St. Joseph Church, 139000 Biscayne Ave. W.
Marian Eisenmann, a retired Lutheran minister and former nurse, will serve as the first featured speaker. Eisenmann will present, “What is this thing called Grief?”
Bailey said Eisenmann is an engaging speaker who can provide insight to the grieving process.
After the featured speaker, attendees will break into small groups. The small groups, led by a trained facilitator, will give attendees the opportunity to talk about their loss or to just listen.
“We encourage people to share their stories because it’s a good way to learn you’re not the only one,” said Bailey.
The series will continue on Tuesday evenings through April. Subsequent sessions will focus on “Loss of Expectations, Dreams and Plans;” “What to do with all the Stuff;” and “Facing Fears with Faith: Dealing with short-term and permanent loss.”
The last of the five sessions will be a service of remembrance for loved ones held May 5. Eisenmann will lead the service.
“It’s a night to bring in pictures and memories of loved ones. It’s really a beautiful night,” said Bailey.
While in the past the series has been held throughout the South Metro, Bailey said this time all of the session will be held at St. Joseph Church. She hopes keeping it in one location will make it easier for attendees.
Registration for each session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will start at 7 p.m. Support groups will meet from 8 to 9 p.m. Suggested donations are $3 per session. All proceeds support the Growing through Loss Ministry.
To learn more about the Growing through Loss spring series visit www.growingthroughlosstcsouth.com or call 952-890-0045.
Growing through Loss schedule:
All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.
April 7, “What is this thing called grief?” Speaker Marian Eisenmann, retired Lutheran minister and former nurse
April 14 “Loss of Expectations, Dreams and Plans” Speaker Ted Bowman, author, educator, consultant and trainer
April 21 “What to do with all the Stuff” Speaker Mary Ann Kelly-Wright, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
April 28 “Facing Fears with Faith: Dealing with short-term and permanent losses” Speaker Fay Heffele, Member of the Church of St. John Neumann
May 5 “Remembering and Honoring our Loved Ones Service of Remembrance” Speaker Marian Eisenmann