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Grief Support Group

This education and support group is designed for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Taking a faith-based perspective, we will explore various aspects of grief, how grief affects one’s emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit. We will look at tasks one can do and adjustments one can make to move through grief, and help find ways to reinvest in one’s life in meaningful ways.

The contents of the course are based on the materials of
Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey.

Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart
Minister of Deer Park United Church in Toronto, who has been facilitating
grief support groups for over 25 years.


Sponsored by Maple Grove and Walton United churches.         

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Location:    On-line by Zoom
Dates:         6 Wednesdays, Oct. 28 – Dec. 2, 2020
Time:          7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:           $20 per participant for the course materials
Contact:     Maeva Donaldson 905-845-7454 or maeva.k.d@hotmail.com for more information or to register

Grief and Stress Support Team

I am grateful three people from our Maple Grove United Church family have agreed to share with me in offering support and a listening ear to anyone in our community of faith who is experiencing some difficulty with recent grief and loss, or the stressors of self-isolation and social distancing during this health-endangering pandemic. If you feel a need for counsel and conversation here are our names and contact information.:
– Rev. Kerry Stover revkerrymguc@gmail.com He will call if you contact him.
– Ilana Green craddy25@hotmail.com.  She will call you if you contact her.  
– Brenda Lewis, (905) 845-7769 lewisbrenda466@gmail.com
– Dora-Lee Pope doralee.allsaints@gmail.com. She will call you if you contact her.
There are also personal helplines available to you in the Halton Region:

Halton Distress Centre, Oakville: (905)8494541

Halton’s COAST crisis line is 1-877-825-9011. It is answered by a COAST mental health crisis worker 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Lighthouse for Grieving Children: (905) 337-2333

If you are in contact with someone in our congregation who does not have Internet or online access, please feel free to pass on this notice to them.

Grief Support Group

Description: This education and support group is designed for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Taking a faith-based perspective, we will explore various aspects of grief, how grief affects one’s emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit. We will look at tasks one can do and adjustments one can make to move through grief, and help find ways to reinvest in one’s life in meaningful ways. The content of the course are based on the materials of Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey.

Leadership – The Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart Minister of Deer Park United Church in Toronto, who has been facilitating grief support groups for over 25 years.  

Sponsored by Maple Grove United, St. Cuthbert’s Anglican, Walton United and Christ First United churches.

Location:   
Maple Grove United Church,       
346 Maple Grove Dr.
Oakville, L6J 4V5

Dates:
5 Wednesdays
Nov. 6, – Dec. 4, 2019                   
and 1 month follow-up – Jan. 8, 2020

Time:         7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Cost:          $25 per participant for the course materials

Contact:    Maeva Donaldson 905-845-7454 or maeva.k.d@hotmail.com                   for more information or to register

Children’s Book – He’ll Always Be My Dad

He’ll Always be my Dad

Update: An official Book Launch was held Saturday April sixth at the Lighthouse for Grieving Children for Chrissy Lilly’s children’s book “He’ll Always be my Dad”. The book is dedicated to Jim, Regan and Jorja, and also to the Lighthouse, a caring, valuable and essential organization in Oakville that supports and guides families through their grief journey.

The book will be available for sale following the service, or through the church office. It may be purchased for personal use, for anyone who has lost a loved one, or as a donation to be used as a gift to families being served by Lighthouse. The book deals with death through a child’s honest eyes. The cost is $25, and after covering production costs, all proceeds will be donated to Lighthouse.

The Lilly family thanks the Maple Grove family for your support and encouragement of this project.

Chrissy Lilly has written and published a hard cover book that is now available. It is a story of two little girls, who very suddenly lost their father; and through their grief, asking questions, trying to come to terms with the unfairness of it all, and learning with guidance from their mom that, no matter what, he will always be their dad!

The Lighthouse Centre for Grieving Children greatly supported and guided the family through their grief. This book is not only dedicated to Jim, Regan and Jorja, but also the Lighthouse. After covering production costs, all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Lighthouse.

The book will also be used as a resource, and given to other children. Just this year there are 58 families who have lost a parent and are being supported by Lighthouse. An official book launch will be held Saturday April 6, 3-5 pm at Lighthouse, Rebecca and Bronte Rd.

The book is available at the office for $25 or by contacting us. It would be comforting to anyone who has experienced the death of a close relative or friend. There will also be copies in the church library. In addition, we are hoping that books may be purchased as donations to children currently being served by the Lighthouse.

Very proud parents and grandparents,

Jim and Judy Lilly

Christmas Memory Service – Changed to December 9, 2018

Memory Service – Changed to December 9
As you know, each Advent we hold a Memory Service to support those who have lost loved ones, by drawing the spirit of Christmas closely into their journey of healing. Typically, it is held at the 9:00 a.m. service, the first Sunday of Advent, which this year falls on December 2.
Also falling on December 2 are the Spirit Moves dancers at the 10:30 service, and our Christmas concert that night. Logistically, the dancers visit us the day of the concert so the choir can have the morning off since they have to report to the church by mid-afternoon to rehearse with the orchestra.
We are blessed to have the fresh eyes of Rev. Harry, who has noted a jarring emotional contrast in one day – to go from the Memory Service, to the dancers, then to the joy of the concert.
Therefore, with agreement by the Caring Team who presents it, we have decided to hold the Memory Service at 9:00 a.m. on December 9 this year. That way, the sanctity of this service will be preserved without undue distractions.
So, it is a break from the Advent 1 tradition, but one we hope will enable a more meaningful experience for all concerned.

Oct 10-Nov 7 Grief Support Group (Wednesday evenings)

Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart
This education and support group is designed for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Taking a faith-based perspective, we will explore various aspects of grief, how grief affects one’s emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit. We will look at tasks one can do and adjustments one can make to move through grief, and help find ways to reinvest in one’s life in meaningful ways. The content of the course will be based on the materials of Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey.
Leadership: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Hart
Minister of Deer Park United Church in Toronto, who has been facilitating grief support groups for 25 years.
Sponsored by: Walton and Maple Grove United Church and other area Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches.
Location:   Maple Grove United Church,
      346 Maple Grove Dr. Oakville, L6J 4V5
Dates:        5 Wednesdays, Oct. 10 – Nov. 7, 2018
                   and 1 month follow-up Dec. 5, 2018
Time:         7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Cost:          $20 per participant for the course materials
Contact:    Maeva Donaldson 905-845-7454 or maeva.k.d@hotmail.com
for more information or to register
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