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Grief, as a feeling or emotion, can take many forms. Most involve loss of one kind or another on a personal level such as losing a close relation or friend thru death or emotional breakup. A person also experiences grief when they lose other things that are close to them, such as when they quit smoking (they grieve the loss of cigarettes) or even after a car accident (they grieve the loss of a favored car). Grief comes into our lives in many ways and learning to recognize and appropriately deal with it allow us to become a more serene, satisfied child of God. (See: Isaiah 53:4)
In this group, we will work on learning how to recognize and deal with our own grief in different areas of life, and also learn to recognize grief in others and learn how to help them. Members input here in the group is very much welcome and the only requirement for membership is that you have a desire to learn to recognize, cope, and work thru grief that you may have or help others to do so.

 

GROUP LEADER The Group leader for this group is Terry Stonebarger

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  • Welcome Sister Terri! We are mighty happy to have you join us. We also welcome any input you wish to share. :-)
  • I look forward to being a part of this group to heal and to help others in the healing process. I am presently seeking out to attend a local bereavement group for support but there is nothing better than to fellowship with others in faith during the grieving process. Loss is a part of life. Having others to share all the experiences associated with losing loved ones, friends, beloved pets, and other difficult changes in our lives is such a blessing. The Bible promises that "where two or more are gathered in my name I am there in the midst." We gather together in Christ's
    name through this site and with His presence there is healing! May God bless you as you travel your journey of healing. As we are healed we then in turn can be a healing grace to others.
  • One of my multitude of cousins put this out on FB and I don't know if she wrote it or just who did. This cousin is the daughter-in-law of the uncle of mine who recently passed, her name is Sarah Shultz and she is an RN. Here is the quote please think a bout it and let me know what you think:
    Be the things you loved the most about the people who are gone.
    • In living out those qualities of those people you loved so much you continue to honor their lives and pass on the blessing they were to you and to others. This way they are always close to you. What a beautiful and profound statement. What a wonderful way to activate the healing process of losing them in a tangible and empowering way.
      My closest friend from college is now dying. I will tell her that I will "try" to live out those qualities that I love most about her and cherish her for in order to honor her Godly life. Thank you Terry for this heart felt quote you shared! It has indeed brought so much comfort to me in dealing with this loss.
  • I was asked to get a psychiatric evaluation about 6 weeks ago and yesterday I followed through with it. After I gave my psych history, and an explanation of why I had been referred, I was given some feedback that I think maybe most all of us who care enough about what is happening around us can use even though we don't have the same life experiences. We all do have those but they differ from one person to another. I was told that she felt what was happening to me right now is that I've let my everyday life wear me down because I am the last one that I take care of (so true for many people) and you add to that the 3 losses in the last couple of months, I'm on overload. However, from life experiences I can look back on and use them to help myself and I hope you and others as well. It is my belief that when the Holy Spirit touched our hearts and gave us faith in the LORD He also gave us a fire inside that is meant to help ourselves and others by sharing and giving support. I am by no means a therapist or psychiatrist, and do not want to be, however, I still feel compelled by my faith that helping others not only helps them but myself as well. Let's keep those fires within lit and ready for action. We can and will help each other and ourselves as well. GOD Bless!
  • I pray all is well with all of you this evening. If anyone has something they need help with feel free to ask for help. Keeping things bottled up whether it be grief, anger or hurt feelings it just grows worse if you keep it bottled up. Build yourself a support system of those you trust and use their help or give your help to them if need be.
  • Have you ever found yourself hurting so bad from the loss of a loved one that you actually find yourself angry at GOD? In the last 2 or 3 weeks I have lost an uncle, a cousin and just yesterday my best girlfriend lost her nephew and her brother lost his only child. I didn't know the young man, but knew of him and my heart breaks for a family who is already emotionally broken. I chide myself over being angry at GOD so then I feel guilt for feeling that way to begin with. They say time heals all wounds, those wounds don't completely heal they first scab over and then a thick scar forms on your heart and you find yourself (at least I do) pulling away from others you love and care about and begin to isolate yourself. I am in the pulling away stage at this point but this time I have decided those 2 that I lost who loved me wouldn't want me to become a hermit. They would want me out there (especially my uncle) helping others and making them laugh for a bit. Am I mistaken or is that our biggest lot in life, to help those around us through though times whatever they may be? What is your take on this and is it our place to help others with broken hearts?
  • Dear Heavenly FATHER, Thank YOU for the members who have joined so far. Bless all who try to help each other in and outside of this group for those who are dealing and suffering through this heart breaking emotion. As we strive to learn for ourselves how to cope please help us also learn how to help others cope with this great problem. This be my prayer in JESUS' High and Holy Name.....AMEN
  • I must apologize for being missing in action as Pastor Rolf opened the group. As you know that a few weeks ago I lost a beloved Uncle and add to that we lost a cousin who I will miss sorely. But then life does not stop for us left behind and we all must go on. That's one of those that others many times tell us with all good intentions of course, but they don't seem to understand that at times like these we are running on auto pilot trying not to think at all if possible. I had a couple of days that I took for myself, but we had couple of very important appointments, so I had to be elsewhere for a bit. Now I am back and ready to go to work on myself and trying at the same time to help the rest of you come to grips just as I need to do. GOD does not want us to grieve forever and a day, I believe what HE wants for us to remember with fond hearts are the good things about those we've lost. May GOD Bless this group and it's endeavors for ourselves and others who have the same problems.
  • I find grief as an on going everyday part of life. After losing my sister this year, my sister in law last year, and both my parents, it really hits hard and it's not something you completely get over. This group is a good idea as we can deal with grief alone but sometimes you do need the company.
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