By Tim Hadac
Southwest Chicago Post
Those who have lost a loved one and are grieving that loss are invited to take part in a support group set to meet at Hope Church Midway, 6059 S. Archer.
The support group will utilize the GriefShare program, founded about 25 years ago by Church Initiative, a non-denominational, non-profit ministry serving more than 20,000 churches worldwide. From its headquarters in Wake Forest, N.C., the ministry creates and publishes video-based lessons to help churches minister to people experiencing life crises.
The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for 13 consecutive Mondays, starting Sept. 11 and ending Dec. 4. Sessions will be held in the church basement. It is not accessible to wheelchair users. Childcare will not be provided.
Leading the sessions will be Jennifer Molodecki of Hope Church Midway, who is no stranger to grief. In 2022 she lost both her father, Augusto, and her brother, Augusto Jr.
“One benefit of a support group like this is that it lets you know you’re not alone,” Molodecki said. “And by going through this with others, you learn that grieving is not linear, that people grieve at their own pace, depending on their own circumstances.
“So I think it can helpful to be in a small group setting where you can receive encouragement from others who are grieving but who might be at a slightly different point in the grieving process," she added.
Cost for the entire program is $20, which pays for the study guide each participant uses.