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Caring Ministry

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

Permission to Grieve

A 3-week session for anyone experiencing any kind of loss during the pandemic and as the holidays approach
Sundays, Nov 1 - 15, 2-3:30 pm, via Zoom
Led by Dr. Scot Bontrager
No cost
Register Online

Nov 1
We will look at various kinds of losses which trigger the grieving process - loss of a loved-one is the one we all think of, but loss of a job, a pet, a goal or dream, or even the freedom to see other people whenever we want, can trigger grief. We will look at the difference between grieving and mourning, why it is important to grieve our losses, and what to expect as we give ourselves permission to grieve. 

Nov 8
We will look at what the whole person goes through when grieving. A human person is a complex interconnected reality of the physical body, the emotions, the mind, and the spirit—and we all exist within social communities. How does grieving affect each part of ourselves and our social networks? How can we grieve in ways that are conducive to healing? 

Nov 15
We will explore the spiritual/religious dimensions of grieving: the goodness of our emotions, the importance of connecting with others, the importance of forgiveness, and the role that faith can play in staying connected with the real world. We will look at spiritual disciplines and practices for breaking through denial, responding to overwhelming emotions, and accepting the world as it is rather than how we’d have it be.

The seminar is open to the public. Contact Dr. Scot Bontrager at 972-996-0149 or scot@fumcr.com with questions or for more information.


Help for Hurting Hearts 

A 6-week seminar for those experiencing grief

Led by Dr. Scot Bontrager, this grief recovery course offers practical information about the grief journey, including coping techniques, theories on grief and the opportunity to share about your loved one or the loss you have experienced.

We recognize that grief and loss come in all forms. While most will be grieving the loss of a loved one, this class is open to all who have experienced a significant loss, and especially during these challenging times.

2020 sessions have concluded. 2021 sessions will be scheduled.

$20 fee covers materials and can be paid online with registration.
Zoom link and meeting information will be provided in registration confirmation email.

The seminar is open to the public. Contact Dr. Scot Bontrager at 972-996-0149 or scot@fumcr.com with questions or for more information.