Jean Newell, Associate Pastor
New Year’s resolutions. Out with the old and in with the new, regular exercise, eat less, save more! The plan is to take better care of yourself. However, if you’re grieving the death of a loved one, it may be that you’ve lost interest in taking care of yourself. If the truth be known, it may be you’ve lost interest in pretty much everything. In fact, some days, maybe you spend more time in bed than out of it. Other days, maybe you manage to change out of your pajamas only to plant yourself in your favorite chair and channel-surf when you’re not dozing the day away.
If grief has turned your life upside down and you’re struggling to get your feet back on the ground, consider attending GriefShare, an 11-week class that meets Wednesday afternoons beginning January 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road (just west of the Robson Library). GriefShare features nationally-recognized experts on grief recovery topics. The initial session begins with a video about the issue “Is this normal?” followed by other sessions on “Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and your Relationships,” “Guilt and Anger” and “Stuck in Grief.” Each lesson of this non-denominational seminar and support group is self-contained, so if you are not able to attend every class, you are welcome to come as often as you can.
The class registration fee of $15 covers the cost of the workbook/study guide. Register online at sunlakesumc.org or at the church office by calling 480-895-8766.