The current course is now finished.  GriefShare Courses are available  in other local churches.  For more information email hello@cooke.church

Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines.

Too often people, including Christians, tend to bottle their grief inside instead of processing it properly and making the journey through grief with others. GriefShare is a support group that aims to walk alongside those who are bereaved and to help them process their grief.

You may know someone who this group would benefit, or perhaps you yourself could use support after the death of a loved one.

For those of us who have been through GriefShare ourselves, we know just how difficult it can be to take that first step and to come along. It takes a lot of courage.

We would like to reassure you that if you come along there will be a very warm welcome and that you will not be alone – you will be with others who can understand something of what you are going through.

Perhaps you know someone who is interested in attending but finds it too daunting to come alone – one way that you could help is to attend the group in support of your friend for one or two sessions until they feel comfortable.

GriefShare features biblical, Christ-centred teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one.

The group is not just for Christians though; it is open to people from all backgrounds. The DVD seminar features nationally-respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.

Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. I myself found that GriefShare was an immense help to me when I lost my husband at 23.

For the first time I met a group of people who could understand and who I could relate to. It is our hope and prayer at Cooke that we could support you or someone you know in the midst of their pain and loss.

Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend, no matter what the cause of your loved one’s death.

You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing life and renewing your hope for the future. We look forward to seeing you there.