Hope for grieving people

 

GriefShare meets weekly to help those who have lost a loved one

MOORESVILLE – When Dana Trull’s husband died nine years ago, she didn’t have a group to help her heal.

Now she helps others with their grief as the program director of a GriefShare chapter at The Bridge Church of the Nazarene. The group meets on Mondays to help people work through their grief after the loss of a spouse, sibling, child or grandchild or other loved one.

Trull said each person works though grief in their own way and there’s no one way to walk through the process. “It’s part of our world and we all experience it,” shesaid.

When her husband died, Trull was left to raise three teenagers alone. She wishes she had had a group like GriefShare to help her process her loss and help her heal, as it has for members of the group.

“Thanks to GriefShare, I knew how to handle some situations. I found out that certain feelings were normal and OK during my grief process. God led me to them so I had a better handle on things,” member LouAnn Brother said.

Sharon Richardson joined the group after her husband of 43 years, Everett, died last May.

“I felt like I have known Dana for years. She makes everyone feel comfortable. There’s no pressure being put on the spot to answer questions,” Richardson said.

Beverly Maurice works as a community-based rehabilitation specialist and said it’s difficult to seek out support because she’s used to being the person who helps others. But she’s found a home in the group.

“It’s wonderful to be able to go someplace so nonjudgmental. They ‘get me’ and have welcomed me with open arms,” said Maurice, who is newly widowed.

Although the Mooresville group is sponsored through The Bridge Church and it is Christian-based, it is open to any member of the community. GriefShare is headquartered in Raleigh and there are 27,000 groups that meet in churches across the country.

New members are welcome to join the group at any time.

Meetings consist of watching a 30-minute video, which is followed by a discussion. Subjects deal with anger, depression, guilt and getting stuck in grief. The group also talks about spiritual matters such as heaven as well as practical items like finances.

“It’s a caring group. You don’t have to attend the Bridge church or even go to church,” said Maurice.

Trull plans to open a group for teenagers. “Kids also need to grieve and sometimes it’s difficult to open up to their families,” she said.

There’s no time limit on grieving. Trull said she had a woman in the group who lost her father 20 years ago and finally feels she doesn’t have to grieve any more.

“If you lost someone last week or 20 years ago, we invite you to come,” Trull said.

The Bridge Church GriefShare meets 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays at The Bridge Church, 2940 Charlotte Highway. For more information, call 704-664-4216.

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