How GriefShare works

We guide you, step by step, through the whole process of starting and running a successful group. Here’s what you can expect after you order your GriefShare kit.

Here’s what happens after you

Order your kit

Receive your kit and a welcome call

A few days after your kit arrives, you’ll receive a call from one of our GriefShare consultants welcoming you to the ministry.

Our consultants are seasoned GriefShare leaders who are experienced in running successful GriefShare ministries. They’ll help you get set up and answer any questions you have. There is never a charge for you to talk with a GriefShare consultant.


View the “Watch me first!” video and read the Leader’s Guide

Take 5 minutes to watch the “Watch me first!” video that you’ll find on DVD Disc 1.

Start reading through the Leader’s Guide in preparation for launching the ministry.


Assemble your team and watch the Leader Training Video

You’ll need at least two leaders to start a group. The Leader’s Guide will show you how to identify potential leaders in your congregation and provide you with resources for recruiting them.

Once you’ve selected your team members, watch the Leader Training Video together and begin planning the launch of your GriefShare group.


Set your dates and publicize

Work with your church staff to set dates for your group, then start publicizing! (If you can, get someone else to help with promotion.) Hang posters, pass out brochures, put an announcement in the church bulletin, show one of our video promos during church services, and post a listing for your group on our website. We even provide professionally produced ads you can use in area publications and on the web.


Lead your group through the 13 weekly sessions

Your group meets for
13 weekly sessions

1. Is This Normal?
2. Challenges of Grief
3. The Journey of Grief – Part One
4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two
5. Grief and Your Relationships
6. Why?
7. Guilt and Anger
8. Complicating Factors
9. Stuck
10. Lessons of Grief – Part One
11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two
12. Heaven
13. What Do I Live for Now?

Find out more about the session topics.


Group members receive a workbook to help them sort their thoughts and emotions and help them discover what God says about their situation. The workbook contains a daily Bible study, weekly journal, a gospel presentation, and tear-out Scripture cards.


Participants view a 40-minute video featuring the insights of the Christian community’s top grief recovery experts and the stories, reflections, and advice of those who’ve faced a death-loss and experienced healing from grief.

Group discussion

You will facilitate discussion using the discussion questions from the Leader’s Guide. Group members will share about what they’ve seen in the video, explain how their daily GriefShare workbook exercises are helping them see their situation from God’s perspective, and share the challenges they’re facing and victories they’re experiencing.


Celebrate, debrief as a team, rest up, and set your next dates

Celebrate leading your first cycle of GriefShare! Gather feedback from your team on how things went and share your experiences with your church staff and with other GriefShare leaders in our online community.

Give your team some time off, but don’t forget to schedule your next cycle. GriefShare is typically run three times a year: fall, spring, and summer.

Have a question? Need help? Call 800-395-5755 Mon–Fri, 8:30am–5:30pm EST

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