There’s no way around grief, but there is help.
My mom was sick for quite some time before she died in 2013. She was an amazing woman of God. She was my best friend. After she died, I was so lost and felt so alone. It’s really all a blur to me how the first year went without her. I felt like I had tried everything to get better and to feel normal again. I went to counseling, I opened up to friends and family, and I was going to church every week. While all these things were helpful I was confused as to why I was still feeling very depressed.
I was looking for a new bible study when I stumbled across Grief Share online. There I saw that Grace was hosting a class and I felt this pull on my heart to try it out. I was hesitant at first; I thought I would be the youngest one there or that it would just be this sad, awkward conversation between a bunch of strangers. Even though I had no clue what to expect I signed up and I started going to the classes.
There were tears and chocolate but there was also a lot of healing.
Each time I walked into class I knew this was the exactly where God wanted me to be and it was an great feeling. I gained some amazing relationships and was given tools on how to handle my grief. I learned that my grief was totally normal but all grief is different. Some very wise and loving people gave me comfort. I was reminded of the promise Jesus gives us to see Him and our loved ones in heaven one day.
I am so thankful I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to Grief Share. God gave me a whole new perspective on grief and death and He gave me hope in the darkest season of my life. When I look back and see where I was when my mom passed, I am in total awe of what God has done in my life. He has completely turned my life around and is continuously healing my heart. It’s an ongoing process…I will always miss my mom but I trust that God is faithful, He is good and He is always with me.
Two Grief Share classes will be starting on Tuesday, September 12, in the Family Center at Grace. There are two class times open, one at 3:30-5:30pm, another at 6-8pm.