GriefWalk

Death of a loved one can leave us totally bewildered and badly shattered. The words of comfort or advice from others who have not experienced the pangs of death can cause more pain than comfort.

To assist grieving people in coping with their loss and to facilitate recovery and healing of shattered lives, Family Life have started GriefWalk, a ministry focusing on assisting individuals and families in bereavement and who are challenged by their grief over the loss of someone in their lives.

As an arm to this ministry, the GriefWalk Support Group (GWSG) seeks to bring together those whose world has been altered by the death of their loved ones.

What is GriefWalk Support Group (GWSG)?

GWSG provides a “safe place” for the participants to talk about their grief journey. Consisting of 10 to 12 persons who “have been there”, its objective is to promote healing and recovery for those living with suppressed emotions and feelings of hopelessness. Though GWSG’s goal is to assist in the recovery of grieving people in a group setting, it is not intended to solve deep-seated emotional issues. Such individuals are encouraged to seek personal counseling for “grief-work”.

While GWSG is also not intended as a social network for grieving people, close friendships do develop as participants get to know each other better in the course of attending the group meetings.

What makes a GWSG work?

The GWSG is facilitated by trained facilitators experienced in grief counselling. The facilitators encourage every one to participate and provide opportunity for them to express themselves. While the facilitator may provide helpful insights to the grieving process, the greatest impact will come from participants themselves as they share their personal stories and experiences.

The group meets weekly at a pre-determined time for 14 sessions. Participants are encouraged not to miss any of the sessions because the issue dealt with in each session may be greatly beneficial.

How does GWSG help?

  • connect with people who “have been there” and who, therefore, are able to empathize with each other.
  • talk about their painful experiences and submerged feelings and ideas to each other, long after others have stopped listening.
  • discover that they are not alone in the hardships and challenges they are facing.
  • have an opportunity to better understand the grief journey and learn about tools to cope with their loss.
  • experience a sense of acceptance and belonging.
  • hear ideas from others to enhance their ability to make decisions and solve problems.
  • benefit from the experience of “giving”, that is, contributing to the recovery of others.
  • learn more about themselves and how they are perceived by others.
  • gain encouragement and inspiration by observing the successes of others.

What about confidentiality?

Every participant of GWSG has to agree to adhere to the rules of confidentiality which will also be observed by the facilitators. This is critical to the development of a safe, respectful, and trusting atmosphere which allows individuals to openly share their feelings.

Losing a loved one is grievous. Living with the grief and trying to cope with the painful loss alone is an arduous journey.

GriefWalk is an essential support group for those who lost their loved ones through death. It promotes healing and recovery for people grappling with grief. It consist of 14 sessions and each session consists of a video providing profound insights into the grief process. The group discussion following the video helps one gain skills to cope and gives the sense that one do not have to feel alone in one’s painful loss thus turning mourning into hope and joy.

Who should attend: People who have experienced loss of loved ones through death. This program is suitable for Christians and non-Christians alike.

DATES

Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 04, 18, 25, May 9, 16, 30, June 13, 20, 27 & Jul 11;

TIME

10.00am - 12.30pm (Refreshments at 9.30am)

VENUE

House 4
L1 Jalan Peria, Taman Goodwood, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

03 7980 4029 / 03 7980 4096
griefwalk [at] fga.com.my

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