Circle of Comfort
The mission of this grief ministry is to offer support in finding healing, hope and a renewed sense of purpose within a caring Christian environment to those experiencing grief.
The Circle of Comfort Grief Ministry was organized as a result of members who have experienced grief, receive the abundant comfort of God and now desire to comfort others. The ministry is on-going and open-ended with individuals participating as needed in one or all of the following areas of support:
- Spiritual Guidance
- Individual Contact
- Referrals for Specialized needs
We will ...
- Provide comfort and listen compassionately.
- Provide the opportunity for persons experiencing grief to be partnered with someone who has experienced and faced simililar struggles
- Help persons who are grieving to deal constructively with the feelings and practical problems as a result of grief.
- Assist persons who are experiencing grief to understand their emotions and cope with new life situations and circumstances.
- Help those experiencing grief to restore and build a sense of purpose for the future.
- Enable persons who have experienced grief to ultimitately be able to assist and comfort others who are grieving.
Dealing with Grief
- Shock and Denial - "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you (John 16:22)."
- Pain and Guilt - "I cried out to God with my voice—To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted (Psalm 77:1-2)."
- Anger - "Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well (John 11:12).”
- Depression, Reflection, Loneliness "Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted Psalm 25:16)."
- The Upward Turn - "For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)."
- Reconstruction & Working Through - "So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11)."
- Acceptance and Hope - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)."
- Trust and depend on God for all things.
- Be gentle with yourself.
- Take care of your body.
- Demand the right to grieve in your own way.
- Healing takes time.
- Surround yourself with persons who believe and trust God.
- Cling to hope and pray for strength