Comfort and Caring Ministry

The Comfort and Caring Ministry reaches out to persons and families who have experienced a loss. This ministry sends out sympathy cards to members of our parish when we learn of a loss.  We also provide leaders for the GriefShare program.

Contact:The Parish Nurse, Wendy Bobadilla, (803) 788-3252, ext. 327

  Surviving the Holidays

GriefShare - Surviving the Holidays.  

This is a one-session program, designed to help people who have suffered a loss, cope with the holidays.

We will be offering this program:

Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

Place: TBA

Cost : $5 (for book)

Or

Tuesday, December 11th, 1 to 3pm

Place: Gillin Hall

Cost: $5 (for book)

For Questions, and/or to Register (required), please contact Wendy at 803-788-3252 ext 327, or wbobadilla@sjnchurch.com.  

 Please do not let cost prevent you from attending, if it will be a hardship to pay, please contact Wendy.

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 The current session will be finishing on Tuesday, December 2, 2018.

GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly for 13 weeks to help you face the challenges and move toward rebuilding your life after the loss of a spouse, child, family member, or friend.

It has 3 components:

  • Video seminar with experts.  Each week you will watch a video seminar featuring experts on grief and recovery.
  • Support group discussions with focus.  After viewing the video, the group will discuss what was presented.
  • Personal study and reflection.  The workbook will be used for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out emotions through journaling.  The group will discuss the workbook study.

Who Should Come.....who should not

GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend.  There are other losses in life that we grieve, like a job loss, divorce, estrangement from a child or loss of friends because of a move.  This grief is real, but not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions.  Please feel free to contact the Parish Nurse, for help in finding resources when dealing with those kinds of grief.

You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session.  Each is "self-contained" so you do not have to attend in sequence.  You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin, and can continue with GriefShare during the next 13-week cycle that it is offered.

Our Current Session of GriefShare will be ending on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1pm in Gillin Hall.  There is a fee of $20 for the class, but if this is a hardship, please contact the parish nurse for assistance.  

For other GriefShare groups, please visit www.GriefShare.org

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Good Grieving

 

Good Grieving is a program that helps children and teens ages 5 to 17 learn how to cope with loss and death of a loved one.

There are four sessions offered throughout the year to help children through their normal grieving process and help them adjust to loss.  Children are encouraged to attend all four sessions; they can work through the year and into the following year, if necessary, to complete all four seasons.

The Good Grieving program for parents/caregivers/guardians is a one-session introduction to the child's program that begins the same night.  The purpose of this program is to improve communication with the child and increase the family's understanding of their child's grief.

Both programs are FREE and supper will be provided.

This program is offered through Palmetto Health children's Hospital.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Few at 803-434-4566 or visit PalmettoHealthChildrens.org/GoodGrieving.

Upcoming Dates:

 January 28, 2019

April 22, 2019

July 22, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

To register, please visit PalmettoHealthChildrens.org/GoodGrieving or call CareCall at (803) 296-2273.

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Arts as Medicine

Healing Grief with HeART

Presented by Dr. Dee Gulledge, Thanatologist

Author of Grief Survival Guide, and A Mourning Miracle: the Dawning of My Dance

Open to all who are coping with grief and loss.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gulledge at drdee@artasmedicine.com or call 803-730-2220.