I participated as a helper and a participant this year at Faithwelland.com as my mother passed away at 101 years of age on April 28, 2019, this year. Yes we knew she could go anytime but when your mother is gone there is a whole 75 years that I have known my mother from baby to adult. I will miss her a great deal!
My wife Ellen is being treated for lymphoma cancer for the second time in her life. She was cured in 1988 of lymphoma, but now she has lymphoma again, this time in the abdomen area. However everything is easier and better this time. She only had to have chemotherapy ONCE every 3 weeks!
Here is what the participants had to say about the Griefshare session this year led by Lyn Chaffert who is a pro having done this about 6 or 7 years now.
Griefshare Faithwelland 2019 Comments
What have you liked most about the GriefShare video seminar?
- Very real. What you are going through emotions, triggers, feelings, family very helpful to me.
- It’s been amazing. Being a funeral director I’ve known about GriefShare but couldn’t imagine healing from videos but it’s been incredible!
- Testimonies of people on the videos
- Listening to others share what they are going through
- Informative, no one grieves alone or the same way. We are all different.
- Very informative with letting me know that my grief is unique to me.
- Hearing other’s stories, meeting people having a place to go every Wednesday.
Has GriefShare had any impact on your life? If so, how?
- Yes. It helped me cope with my grief to put it into perspective, the cycles of daily to weekly ways to help heal.
- I’ve noticed a big difference in my mom and my healing compared to my other siblings not going to GriefShare or any other grief counselling. We’re miles ahead.
- Helping me see more clearly.
- Helping me heal
- Brought me closer to God
- It’s helped me with my grief and learning how to cope.
- I think so, makes me think about God’s impact on my life going forward.
How could we improve GriefShare the next time?
- Nothing. I’m going to have GriefShare withdrawal.
- I was very pleased with the way it is now.
- Give email addresses to those who want to keep in contact between meetings. Done!
What was your discussion group experience like?
- I liked talking to other people going what your going through even if its different circumstances.
- Honestly I didn’t want to go but went for my mom and ironically now I’m devastated that its over…
- Possibly slightly too big, harder to share with large group.
- At first hard but as time went on was very comfortable talking with others.
- I found it a great group.
- Some spoke more than others. Not everyone stayed on track. Lots of stories unrelatable
What was your experience with your support group facilitators?
- Very good. I would and have to tell them that you’re here!
- Amazing! Unbelievable, perfect person for the job!
- Did a great job leading – really appreciated leadership and feedback
- Very rewarding
- Great experience. Very caring and compassionate.
- Very understanding. Gives suggestions, helps when able, keeps meeting on track
Any suggestions for improving the group?
- It’s okay!
- Coffee! Lol.
- Hard taking notes from video during video
- Meeting reminders especially at beginning.
My next steps
Repeat GriefShare x 3
Establishing a GriefShare ministry in my own church x 1
This is mainly credit to our leader with experience Lyn Chaffert.
I gave each of the participants a copy of my book, Joyful Mourning – A True Love Story
Some of the students were either the parents of students, or former students, or children of former students I had taught in school in Wainfleet so it was nice seeing them again even tho in a less pleasant context.
NEXT GRIEFSHARE AT FAITHWELLAND.COM IS APRIL 1