Join us May 11th when Pastor Charles “Chip” Whitman, M.A. will present “Navigating the Currents of Loss, Grief, and Mourning.” As Scott Peck reminded us in the first line of The Road Less Travelled, “Life is difficult”. Loss is part of the difficulty of life. But loss is not an adjunct to life, it is part of life. It is not the period at the end of the sentence, it is part of the sentence. When we realize that loss is part of our growth process, we may then begin to embrace the lessons learned. In our time together we will learn how to best companion another through their grief journey. Often, we don’t know what to say after we’ve expressed our sorrow, so we grow silent. Or we may feel we have to explain loss to someone, so we say too much when they’re not ready to listen. We will discuss the five stages of grief, the four tasks of mourning, the need to understand purpose and identity and the role of the grief companion. Chip is the Pastor of the Care & Counseling department at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. He has been a specialist in bereavement care for the past 27 years, and brings the compassion gained from 2 decades of pastoral experience to his competent counsel and teaching.
Please RSVP by May 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org