Grief Workshop

What is a grief workshop?

A Faith & Grief workshop is led by grief support experts who have experienced grief themselves and really “get grief.” The workshop explores sacred stories related to grief, presentations on the nature and dynamics of grief, and small group discussions. Spiritual practices are introduced in the workshop and designed to promote comfort for your grief journey. The multi-session workshops are hosted online and in-person.

Next Workshop

Online Workshop Begins: Wednesday, August 12th @ 6:30 pm
Hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, TX
Video Conference Dates: August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16 
Facilitator: Diane Pennington
Duration: 6 weeks
Registration Fee: $45
Workshop is limited to 10 Participants

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Course Outline

Session One – The Healing Power of Story

We explore ways to begin telling your grief story and the meditative spiritual practice of breath prayer.

Session Two – The Nature and Dynamics of Grief

Focuses on your dicussions about the nature of grief and explores the spiritual practice of journaling.

Session Three – The Foreign Land of Grief

We learn to acknowledge the feelings present in grief and explore the emotional, spiritual practice of the labyrinth.

Session Four – The Patterns of Grief

We explore the patterns of grief, and the gratitude focused spiritual practice of the Prayer of Examen.

Session Five – The Paradigm of Grief 

This session looks at the relationship of struggle and mourning and explores the use of memory in our grief story through the spiritual practice of the object prayer.

Session Six – Making Choices

We examine integrating activities that promote comfort in our grief journey and the healing prayer of the mandala.

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 believes ministering to those who are grieving and suffering is a vital part of loving others. 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

After an accomplished career in retail and change management, Regina earned certificates in spiritual direction & lay ministry. 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 specializing in grief work. Diane 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!” – Retreat Participant

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