Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The August Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be on Sunday, August 21st, after the 11:05 service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in Feller’s Room (S-312) at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  We will again break into 2 circles with facilitators (hosts), and move into separate rooms.  The circles will be completed by 2 p.m.

In this circle you are invited to share the story of your blessings and joy.  Try to capture it in five sentences, marking important aspects of your experience.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

If you missed our circle last month, you are welcome to join in this week – everyone will be invited to share.  And if you are unable to attend this coming Sunday and are interested to continue, please let us know.  For those interested in a weekday circle, we hope to start a third circle next month.  Please advise and we will be in touch.

Upcoming topics:
October 23 (this meeting): Blessings and Joy
November 20: Strategies and Resources

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin at bgandin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, at dspaw1@gmail.com.

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The August Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be on Sunday, September 25th, after the 11:05 service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in Feller’s Room (S-312) at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  We will again break into 2 circles with facilitators (hosts), and move into separate rooms.  The circles will be completed by 2 p.m.

In this circle you are invited to share the story of your guilt and anger.  Try to capture it in five sentences, marking important aspects of your experience.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

If you’ve missed previous circles, you are welcome to join this meeting – everyone will be invited to share.  And if you are unable to attend this meeting and are interested to continue, please let us know.

Upcoming topics:
September 25 (this meeting): Guilt and Anger
October 23: Blessings and Joy
November 20: Strategies and Resources

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin at bgandin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, at dspaw1@gmail.com.

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen

The August Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be on Sunday, August 21st, after the 11:05 service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in Feller’s Room (S-312) at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  We will again break into 2 circles with facilitators (hosts), and move into separate rooms.  The circles will be completed by 2 p.m.

In this circle you are invited to share the story of your unrealized dreams.  Try to capture it in five sentences, marking important aspects of your experience.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

If you’ve missed previous circles, you are welcome to join this meeting – everyone will be invited to share.  And if you are unable to attend this meeting and are interested to continue, please let us know.

Upcoming topics:
August 21 (this meeting): Unrealized Dreams
September 25: Guilt and Anger
October 23: Blessings and Joy
November 20: Strategies and Resources

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin at bgandin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, at dspaw1@gmail.com.

Healing Circles for Grief and Loss

“It has been said that sometimes we need a story more than food in order to live.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen
(p. 374 My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging)

Our next Healing Circles for Grief and Loss will be this Sunday, July 24, after the 11:05 service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  We will meet in Feller’s Room (S-312) at 12:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided.  We will again break into 2 circles with facilitators (hosts), and move into separate rooms.  The circles will be completed by 2 p.m.

In this circle you are invited to share the story of your loss.  Try to capture it in five sentences, marking important aspects of your experience.  Please write it down and bring it to share in circle.

If you missed our circle last month, you are welcome to join in this week – everyone will be invited to share.  And if you are unable to attend this coming Sunday and are interested to continue, please let us know.  For those interested in a weekday circle, we hope to start a third circle next month.  Please advise and we will be in touch.

Upcoming topics:
July 24 (this meeting): My Story
August 21: Unrealized Dreams
September 25: Guilt and Anger
October 23: Blessings and Joy
November 20: Strategies and Resources

For more information, please contact Dr. Bill Gandin at bgandin@stpaulshouston.org or 713-528-0527 or David Spaw, Healing Circles Houston, at dspaw1@gmail.com.

Learning Circle: Acquainted With Grief

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.