Grief Workshop

The Faith & Grief Workshop

Comfort & Hope for the Journey of Grief

“What is The Faith & Grief Workshop?”, The workshop is a safe place for those who are grieving. Join us for the eight session workshop, where participants explore sacred stories related to grief, share their stories in small groups and are introduced to spiritual practices designed to promote comfort in grief.

Online Workshops

Wednesdays, August 4 – September 22, 7pm – 9 pm CT  
led via Zoom by Diane Pennington

In Person Workshops 

Mondays, September 13 – November 1, 7 pm – 9 pm CT
Northridge Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
led by Diane Pennington

Tuesdays, September 13 – November 2, 7 pm – 9 pm CT
Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano, TX
led by Mike Shaw

Tuesdays, September 13 – November 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CT
Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, TX
led by Susan Ingle

Thursdays, September 16 – November 4, 6 pm – 8 pm CT
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX
led by Regina Hunt

The Faith & Grief 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 affect us as we grieve and explore 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.

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

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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.

Susan Ingle

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 Pennington

Facilitator

Diane Pennington (CSD) is a Certified Spiritual Director, specializing in grief work. Her BA degree is in counseling psychology. Diane graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in the spring of 2021 and is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister.

Mike Shaw

Facilitator

Mike serves on 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. He has extensive experience in leadership development in both corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Fran Shelton

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.