Grief Workshop

What is a Faith & Grief Workshop?

A Faith & Grief workshop is led by grief support experts who have experienced grief themselves and really “get grief.” The workshop is for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one. Each workshop session explores sacred stories related to grief, the nature of grief, and sharing stories in small group discussions. Spiritual practices are introduced in each workshop session and are designed to promote comfort in grief.
The multi-session workshops are hosted online and when possible, in-person.

Upcoming Online Workshops

Each online workshop consists of eight sessions, participants receive Zoom meeting information in their registration confirmation and their workbook by mail. 

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Mondays at 6:30 PM CT
September 28 thru November 16 Meets for Eight Sessions
Participant Fee: $45

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Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Dallas

Thursdays at 6:30 PM CT
October 1 thru November 19
Meets for Eight Sessions

Participant Fee: $45

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Sponsored by Arapaho United Methodist Church, Canyon Creek Presbyterian, First Presbyterian Church, Richardson

Sundays at 4 PM CT
October 4 thru November 22 Meets for Eight Sessions
Participant Fee: $45

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Sponsored by New Braunfels Presbyterian Church

Workshop Sessions 

Session One – The Healing Power of Story
We explore ways to begin telling your grief story and the spiritual practice of breath meditation.

Session Two – How Grief Affects Us
We focus on how our feelings in grief affect us, the patterns of grief we experience and explores the spiritual practice of journaling.

Session Three – Acknowledging the Feelings
We learn to acknowledge the feelings present in grief and explore spiritual practice of the labyrinth.

Session Four – Continuing the Bond
You have the opportunity to share the stories of your loved one with the group. We explore the use of memory in our grief.

Session Five – Compassion in Grief
We discuss the relationship between compassion and grief, specifically self-compassion. We explore the spiritual practice of the Prayer of Examen.

Session Six – Gift of Lament
We discuss the definition of lament and how to incorporate lament in your journey. We invite participants to create a lament as a spiritual practice in navigating their grief.

Session Seven – Your New World
We focus our discussion on your resilience and finding new meaning in life. We examine integrating activities that promote comfort in our grief journey and the healing prayer of the mandala.

Session Eight – Light in the Divine
This is an interactive commencement service of remembrance and celebration. We mark the end of our time together and celebrate the lives of our loved ones we are grieving.

We plan to provide in-person workshops as soon as we are able to do so, please check back here and follow us on Facebook for the latest program updates.

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Meet Our Facilitators

Bonni Brophy

Facilitator

Bonni has been facilitating for Faith & Grief since 2013. Bonni spent 20 years in youth ministry with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, founding The Pines Catholic Camp in 1988. 

Shelley Craig

Program Director

Shelley is the program director at Faith & Grief. She has experience in lay ministry and digital marketing. She received a master’s degree in eLearning from Texas A&M-Commerce.

Regina Hunt

Sr. Community Educator

 Regina is a certified Spiritual Director & lay minister. She has accompanied many on their journey through grief and continues to be inspired by those who share their stories in search of healing.

Diane Pennington

Facilitator

Diane is a certified Spiritual Director. She has years of experience working with people with developmental and physical disabilities. In 1999, she founded and directed Human Animal Relational Therapies, Inc., an animal-assisted therapy organization.

I went not knowing what to expect . . .

“I went not knowing what to expect. I went hoping to receive comfort but wasn’t certain I would. So, I was really surprised at what awaited me.

The facilitators were very well prepared. All had experienced losses of their own and had been able to take that terrible experience of loss and move forward. That was what I was looking for. How could I face the next 20 to 30 years that were looming ahead of me? The facilitators did not give answers or platitude. Instead, they talked about possibilities for now, for the next 20 years, for a new life. I am so blessed to have participated!” – Participant