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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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    • Hmmm interesting Derek. The Lord was very gracious to me several days ago in revealing to me a trigger. My children are amazing blessings but there are times since Roy's homegoing that they have in their own struggles given me attitude or been disobedient and I couldn't understand how I could be having a great day and then something with one of them would go in the wrong direction and I would eventually in the day be struck with the extreme loneliness that can take my breath away. The Lord showed me that THEIR behavior was triggering the loneliness because I was feeling undefended, unable to go to their dad for wisdom and help, nobody had my back. Knowing that brings freedom to me because I can deal with it for what it is.
  • Great discussion everyone! Please going. :-)
  • What are some lessons you've learned from your grief? I am still learning that the intense loneliness I sometimes experience is something that the Lord uses to draw me more deeply closer to Himself. I honestly struggle the most with that and it comes in waves at times when I am unprepared for it. Like sitting around a dinner table with my mother, sisters and their families whom I don't get to see and bam there it showed up.
    • Sadly or otherwise, I am an only child, so I have no siblings to drift apart from. We were a big family however, lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, none of the family were close, even before my parents died. We met last at my Mother's funeral and promised to keep in touch, exchanged e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, but no one has ever contacted me, but then neither have I attempted to make contact. I guess we moved in different circles, cousin Keith was with the Foreign Office in London, cousin Don was the Chief Electronics Engineer at the helicopter plant in Yeovil, and so on, and I was a manager in the Criminal Justice System, up in Liverpool. We never had much in common on a personal basis, so I never missed their company, there may be hundreds of them by now and I possibly will never see any of them again. I don't think families are as important in the UK than in the US, sure the nucleus is strong. up until a certain age then most families break up and go their own ways. I guess that in general, that's whay death of parents does not have the same effect on offspring here, but the loss of a spouse is just as devastating as anywhere in the west.
    • Interesting how different cultures put different value on family.
    • The one thing that I have learned that would break my mommy's heart is that she was the glue that held my sisters and our brother to each other so tightly. She worried before her passing about the 4 of us drifting apart and we have done exactly that. At least it hasn't been things going wrong between us that have caused it, just our so very busy lives and also our health. We don't do the pitch-in dinners the way we did when Mommy was here and we don't do Christmas and Thanksgiving the way we did. The families have grown so big that we don't have a place to have the holiday dinners like we used to. However, if my baby sister and I can get it all arranged, we want to start having a family picnic next summer at a local park. I am praying that the picnic becomes an annual thing.
    • Terry, a family picnic sounds lovely.
    • I understand this pattern well. After my mother crossed the River Jordan few get togethers have taken place but last Christmas season I discovered that we all did not really drift apart, but it was more like our orbits enlarged. We had a get together so hope is a good thing.
    • like your description about orbits enlarging.
  • I pray everyone is coping with the stress of grief. Please give any suggestions on how you would like to see this group go, things you might want to discuss and let me know or just open up a discussion. Thank you all.
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