Posted on February 1, 2015
Losing a loved one is terribly painful. Even though we all know that some day we will all leave this world, when a loved one dies, it can be very difficult to accept. We dearly miss those who have left us: our parents, spouses, children, friends, and more. Too often, in times of death, survivors feel isolated and alone in their grief. For those in mourning, knowing that others cope in similar ways can bring some measure of comfort. At least it can lessen the loneliness that accompanies great loss. As Jews, we pray for strength and hope from God that the next day will be better than the present one, as we seek the comfort of community to help us make it through the week.
During the past few of years, we have had a grief support group meeting twice a month thanks to our TBD Foundation. We are grateful once again to the TBD Foundation for a grant to continue our group this year. Facilitated by social worker Christine Goldman, our participants share their experiences and try to grow stronger through them. All are welcome to attend any session or all of them if they choose. It doesn’t matter if you lost a spouse, friend, or parent; you are invited to attend. You can, in essence, just drop in and see if it is helpful to you.
Our upcoming meetings will be in the Spielman Schmooze and Bridal room on Tuesday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 17, March 17, April 14, May 5, June 2, and June 23.
Also we are offering some Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, March 1, March 29, April 26, May 17, and June 14. We would love to welcome you to one of our sessions.
“Grieving is a long, difficult road, but we don’t have to make the journey alone. The grief support group is a safe, non-judgmental environment in which to express our thoughts and feelings, experience our own emotions, and share our steps with others traveling on similar paths. “
~ Anne Katz, Temple Member Since 1980