GriefShare - Starts Saturday, Feb 1st @ 10am (until noon)

The Board of Evangelism is going to host GriefShare again this winter beginning Saturday, February 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

If you or someone you know has lost a loved one and would like to be part of this faith-focused response to grief, please call Donna Taylor at 941-554-7017 or sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship room. 

It hurts to lose someone. Find help at GriefShare.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.


This program reaches out to people hurting from the loss of a loved one due to their death.

Beautiful Savior Church will host GriefShare for the full 13-week series of weekly videos & discussion. There are different topics every week. (See list of topics below on this web page.)

We meet in the Wayman Still Administration Building, which is behind the main church and sanctuary. Look for the lawn signs to help find the entrance door. 



Participants often comment that they look forward to these meetings, as if it was their second family who understands the mix of emotions they are experiencing. Be prompt, but don't miss a week even if you are running late. 

GriefShare is an important outreach to the community.  It is based upon the Bible and the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The participants come from all walks of life and from many different religious backgrounds.  We do not discuss religious doctrine nor politics.  We focus on the ways faith in God can help heal and deal with each person's personal loss.



  • Participants do not have to start with Session 1; think of these videos & discussions as an urgent care clinic, where we do not make you wait for our convenience... we are here for YOU. 
  • Seminars are held in the conference room of the Wayman Still Administration Bldg. (near the back end of the large parking lot).  

Helping people through the grieving process.

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you may have sensed people don't understand the pain you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have questions about things you’ve never faced. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help people     explore these challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives.

We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a pastor, counselor, or church leader for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation.

GriefShare Meetings

GriefShare meetings include a video seminar and group discussion. A GriefShare workbook    assists you with note-taking and journaling. The videos feature experts on grief recovery and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours. After the video, there’s discussion time to help process what you’ve heard.

Recent participants have said:

·        “I love the camaraderie and being able to share my feelings”

·        “It has helped me through the year—the fog is lifting and I’m starting to see again.”

·        “They let me know my feelings and thoughts were OK.”

Anyone can join the GriefShare series even after the first session; all videos and discussion    topics stand on their own merit, where you do not need to have viewed the prior material to        find benefit from that week's video & discussion. 

There is a personal workbook (over 100 pages) that will help you heal faster when you use this tool. To cover our costs, we ask for a $15 donation for the workbook. 


These seminars are for anyone: both church members and even those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus.

Weekly session topics

Each week your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The GriefShare videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video, and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Here is a snapshot of key themes found in each of the 13 GriefShare session videos.

1. Is This Normal?

·        You’ll discover why your grief experience is harder than you imagined

·        Why the intensity and duration of your emotions are normal and appropriate

·        Despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope

2. Challenges of Grief

·        You’ll learn more eye-opening reasons why your pain is so overwhelming

·        Some of the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit

·        How to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy

3. The Journey of Grief – Part One

·        You’ll learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief

·        How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief

·        How long the journey of grief typically lasts

4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two

·        You’ll learn why it’s important to put effort into your healing

·        How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief

·        The best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings

5. Grief and Your Relationships

·        You’ll find out how the death of a loved one affects your friendships

·        Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse

·        How to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief

6. Why?

·        This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him

·        Why being honest with God is an expression of faith

·        What God has to say to you about your “why” questions

7. Guilt and Anger

·        You’ll learn how to deal with false guilt

·        How to grieve conflicted relationships

·        How to handle grief-related anger

8. Complicating Factors

·        You’ll begin to see how traumatic experiences affect grief

·        How to deal with nightmares and flashbacks

·        How your thinking affects your emotions

9. Stuck

·        You’ll discover how to prevent getting stuck in grief

·        Common misconceptions that hinder healing

·        Why your path to healing isn’t always smooth

10. Lessons of Grief – Part One

·        You’ll become aware of an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful

·        Why going to church can be so difficult

·        The benefits of helping others

11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two

·        See a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone

·        Why no one grieves perfectly

·        What grief can teach you about relationships

12. Heaven

·        Get answers to questions about heaven and the afterlife, such as what heaven is like

·        Whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one

·        Whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven

·        And many more

13. What Do I Live for Now?

·        You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity

·        Why it’s a process

·        Why peace and pain will always coexist

Community Outreach partner: 


Special GriefShare Seminar -- date to be announced

“Surviving the Holidays”

The holiday season may be different if you are grieving the death of a loved one. Facing a holiday can be more difficult than your friends and even family members may realize. 

Get some help through the “Surviving the Holidays” video & discussion seminar.

This is event is free of charge & open to the public, so if you know someone who might benefit, please invite them to attend or bring them with you. 

No need to formally register for this event, but it helps us to plan for seating & refreshments. 

Call the church office (355-2798) for more information.

DAILY DEVOTIONS for strength before & during the holidays... 

(Click on the graphic below or the file in the attachments at the bottom of this page to read the daily devotions.)

Beautiful Savior,
Jul 28, 2014, 6:44 AM
Beautiful Savior,
Nov 10, 2014, 5:01 AM