According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author of the book “On Death and Dying,” there is a series of emotional stages a person will go through when dealing with impending death or loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Anyone who has ever lost someone might agree — and possibly add some. And though no two people grieve in the same way, it often helps just to know that someone else has experienced something similar and lived to talk about it.
Enter Grief Share, “your journey from mourning to joy,” which is a 13-week support group featuring a video seminar with experts, group discussion with focus, and workbook-based personal study and reflection.
Grief Share is specifically designed for people dealing with the death of a loved one, said Priscilla Tephabock, wife of the Rev. Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God, which will be introducing the opportunity to join a Grief Share group on Sunday, June 30, at their 9 a.m. service. The 13-week session, which will be held at the Dagsboro Church of God, will start Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome.
“It is Christian-based, but anyone is welcome,” said Kim Tephabock. “It does not require verbal participation, but I have never seen people resist. Often, that is a wonderful part of recovery.”
“It is good practical information. The spiritual part of it is not presented in a way that is designed to be offensive,” he added, emphasizing that anyone — even people who are not members or who don’t affiliate with a church — welcome. “While it is a spiritually based program, the emphasis is based on the practical side of healing and includes sessions on the ‘journey of grief,’ the effects of grief,’ etc.”
“It is for people who are stuck,” added Priscilla Tephabock. “Some people can just shut down” after the death of a loved-one, she said. “They are not pushing religion as much as they are encouraging healing in a group atmosphere. Fellowship just means there is more than one person in the same ship.”
The regular 9 a.m. service on June 30 will have a theme of “Heaven is a Real Place,” for people to show the value of living with a forward look toward Heaven, explained Kim Tephabock. They will present details about the Grief Share meetings that will start in July, and there will be a time for people to ask questions or to register.
They are also trying to link with other groups and will have literature available on Delaware Hospice’s Camp New Hope, which is held each summer in all three Delaware counties for children who have experienced loss of a parent of close loved-one.
Because people experience many types of loss — some of which may not be conducive to this particular support group — they often hold groups for support during other types of losses, such as divorce or estrangement, and will be starting a group titled “Living Life after Loss,” specifically for women who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion.
For more information on classes and times, visit www.dagsborocog.org online or call (302) 732-6550. Dagsboro Church of God is located on Route 113 in Dagsboro. For specific information about Grief Share, which starts Wednesday, July 10, at the church, visit www.griefshare.org online.