Learning Circle: Acquainted With Grief

June 12, 2016 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
5501 Main St
Houston, TX 77004
Dr. Bill Gandin
Rev. Terry J. Thompson

Rev. Terry J. Thompson

During his 41 years of ministry, including 30 at St. Paul’s, the Rev. Terry Thompson officiated at more than 700 funerals or memorial services.

“Grief is a part of the fabric of life,” he explained, and he will help others in this process at a presentation in the Fellers Room (S-312) on Sunday, June 12, at 12:15 p.m.

Among the points he will cover are

  • Understanding the experience of grief
  • Coping with the effects of grief
  • Dealing with relationships
  • Reflecting theologically on grief
  • Dealing with anger
  • Dealing with difficult questions from family and friends.

“Many people want to shorten the grief process since it is so painful,” he reflected. In his experience, however, “these efforts often lengthen the process. There is a lot of social pressure to shorten it, and many are uncomfortable with the process. But no one else can decide how long it is or should be for you. People need to find a safe place to grieve.”

Following this presentation, the Congregational Care committee is offering opportunities to form Healing Circles.

For more information about this presentation or the formation of Healing Circles, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care, at bgandin@stspaulshouston.org or 713-528-9527 or David Spaw, Director of Healing Circles Houston, via dspaw1@gmail.com or 713-806-4668.