A guest post by Susan McPherson …
Our eight-week grief support class has come to an end. I’m going to miss these ladies. It was such a privilege to be a small part of their grief journey.
Our grief group has been open and vulnerable about where they are in their grief journey. As we have learned (through the book Understanding Your Grief by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.), you have to feel to heal. Grief is on the inside and mourning is grief on the outside.
We also learned some healthy ways to mourn: crying, journaling, painting, and talking about your pain and grief, sharing your story.
Some of those in the class came with fresh grief and some with grief corked up for many years! It’s been such a blessing to watch the transformation of those in this group over the past eight weeks.
During one of our weeks, our chapter was “The Six Needs of Mourning.” Number one is: “Accept the Reality of the Death.” This video shared by a member of our grief support group is a living example of a child accepting the reality of the death of his father. He is fortunate to have a Mom who has helped him get to this place.
To learn more and to stay informed about future grief classes, please visit our Grief Support Class info page.
Susan McPherson is a mother of seven and blessed with many beautiful grandchildren. After raising her children on a farm, she and her husband have moved to the mountains, where they are enjoying rest.