What is a Faith & Grief Workshop?
We are often asked, “What is a Faith & Grief workshop?”, “When should I attend a workshop?”.
We believe there is no timeline to grief, so we recommend you join us when you feel ready or sense you need to find a path for your grief journey. Our 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
January 13 – March 10, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Central Time
Materials Fee – $45 Lead Facilitator – Diane Pennington
Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
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January 25 – March 15, 2021
Mondays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Central Time
Materials Fee – $45 Lead Facilitator – Regina Hunt
Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
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Each online workshop consists of eight sessions, participants receive Zoom meeting information in their registration confirmation and their workbook by mail.Learn How to Use Zoom
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.
Meet Our Facilitators
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 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.
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.
Host Liaison & Facilitator
Susan is a social worker working in clinical oncology. Through her work with families experiencing end of life issues, she was drawn to those who were coping with their grief. Susan is our host site liaison and a 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.
Mike serves as the Chair of the Faith & Grief Board of Directors. Mike was led to begin a grief group at his church after his middle son died in 2004. He leads our workshops & A Safe Place: a retreat for bereaved parents.
Co-Founder & Facilitator
Fran received a Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction. She co-created our models for retreats, workshops & support gatherings.