Grief & Bereavement

GriefShare
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. This is where GriefShare comes in!

GriefShare groups meet weekly (8 weeks in the fall or spring) to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare meeting has three distinct elements:

  1. Video Seminar with Experts
    Each week, your GriefShare group will watch a video, featuring top experts on the subjects of grief and recovery. These videos are produced in an interesting television/magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic re-enactments, and on-location videos.
  2. Support Group Discussion with Focus
    After viewing the video, you and the other attendees will spend time as a support group discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.
  3. Personal Study and Reflection
    During the week, you can use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook.

Who Should Come
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. 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 specific resources that will help in your situation. 

When to Join a GriefShare Group
You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any time during the session. Each class is self-contained, so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You can continue with GriefShare through the next 8-week cycle and view any of the videos you missed.

For event times, dates, and locations, visit our GriefShare event page.

Testimonies from Gateway GriefShare Participants

"A very necessary and helpful tool in the grief process."

"My life has been much better since attending GriefShare. I would recommend it to anyone who is stuck in grief."

"God did an amazing healing work in me that first year. This tool was a tremendous launch for me in that journey. I continued pursuing intimacy with God and connecting with others and feel like I have made a quantum leap forward. Blessed be His name! Thank you Gateway Church for investing in this program and grieving people."

Grief Class
Are you walking through a difficult time of grief and experiencing emotions that feel out of control? Grief is a natural expression of loss for a loved one who has died. Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise is a five-week class to help you discover how to experience healthy grief and embrace your loss instead of trying to avoid or delay it. Visit our Classes menu for future class dates.

Suicide and Sudden Death Support Group
Solace is a grief support group for those who have experienced loss due to suicide or sudden traumatic death. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month and provides resources, encouragement, and group support. Solace is open for adults (18 and older).

For more information, contact Gateway Care at 817.552.7454 or griefshare@gatewaypeople.com

Kids in Grief
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (MSG)

Twenty percent of all prayer requests during Gateway Kids services are related to loss and death. If you know a child or teen who has lost a loved one or friend, we want to provide a safe and loving place for them to come and be themselves. Trained and caring facilitators serve as grief companions as the children walk through their pain and find healing. We have breakout groups for children ages 5–8, 9–12, and 13–18. We ask that parents remain in the building during the event. We provide support to parents with a breakout group specifically for adults.

At Kids in Grief, We Believe That …

  • A person in grief does not have an illness or mental/emotional disorder that needs to be diagnosed and cured.
  • Grief is a natural internal response to the loss of someone significant in our lives.
  • Mourning is the outward behavior that is our response to the grief inside us. Grief is a process and a journey ... not a one-time event.
  • Children, teens, and adults have the innate ability to work through the pain of grief and move toward healing.
  • Favorable circumstances and loving support can help move the process along.
  • Children and adults benefit from a relaxed, supportive environment with a peer group that has suffered similar losses.
  • Mourning children will often talk through or play out their concerns and fear if provided with a safe, confidential, supportive environment.
  • Providing a family-systems approach to grief support is essential to the emotional healing of children and adults.
  • A person’s feelings on the grief journey are their feelings. It isn’t up to us to talk them out of their feelings or to try to change the way they are feeling.

What Will Children and Teens Get from Kids in Grief?

  • A safe place to feel and share honestly
  • Safe people who will listen without judging or advising
  • Comforting friends who understand
  • Opportunities to be children
  • Affirmation of their grief experiences and feelings
  • Feeling normal and appreciated

If you are interested in participating in or volunteering with Kids in Grief, contact Pam Anderson at 682.223.6927 or care@gatewaypeople.com.