Grief Support Group
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
Loss, heartbreak, fear, pain, sadness… grief takes on many different forms in our lives and is vastly different for everyone. The individual process of grief is ever evolving, ever changing. Whether you’re experiencing the bereavement of a loved one, the sorrow of an ended or strained relationship, the despair of a life-altering event, or reeling from a traumatic event, gathering with others in an understanding community can help.
We’re hosting an online group meeting for those in active grief. This is a space to witness and be witnessed. To feel accepted and heard. To express and support. This is a space to be present with others in the ongoing process of grief, however that is showing up for you and however you are experiencing it.
This grief support group will be hosted online, so you can participate in the privacy and convenience of your own home either by video call with your computer or phone call.
Time: Tuesdays 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)
3 week series: March 10, 7, and 24th.
Lead by Sasha Silverman
“Our grief is as individual as our lives.”
-Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Frequently Asked Questions
Because these groups are about human connection, Spiritual Group gatherings are as individual as the people in them, with common themes throughout. The main focus is coming together in community and spending time nurturing your relationships with each other and with God.
Each group has a host or facilitator who helps ensure that each gathering goes as smoothly as possible and feels safe for all involved. Gatherings generally consist of reading passages from Scripture, sharing thoughts and questions, praying together, and identifying actions can positively impact you, your group, and others in your life.
We suggest a 90 minute meeting, but your group may adjust the time to meet its needs and schedule.
Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20). So if you have one or two friends, that is enough to begin building a community. Groups of about 5-8 allow for vibrant discussion. Groups that grow beyond 10-12 people can subdivide to allow time for genuine connection.
Participants need to be at least 16 years old, but children can participate with their parents in some groups.
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a scientist, inventor, and theologian. His theological writings, which fill over 30 large volumes, uncover a deeper, spiritual meaning in the Bible’s literal stories. His teachings reject the notion of faith alone, while offering a framework for living that emphasizes love and wisdom in action.
The New Church is a small denomination of Christianity that uses Swedenborgian spirituality as a basis for understanding the Word, ourselves, and our world. To learn more, visit https://newchurch.org/get-involved/learn-about-the-new-church/
“Love for community is a fuller form of love for our neighbor”