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GriefShare equips your church to offer lay-led grief support groups
GriefShare is a biblical, Christ-centered grief support group ministry. Our resources help you equip a lay-led team for effective and ongoing grief ministry at your church.
Here’s why churches rely on GriefShare
Christ-centered & biblical
GriefShare helps group members apply biblical principles to the healing process after the death of a loved one. Throughout the videos and workbook, participants see how the gospel brings hope and restoration.
Since 1996, GriefShare has equipped more than 17,000 churches worldwide. The GriefShare materials feature 46 leading Christian experts on grief recovery topics. Read about GriefShare’s history.
Lay volunteers are equipped with tools to recruit and train a leadership team, publicize the group, and start an ongoing grief ministry. Teaching ability is not required, as the GriefShare videos provide biblical instruction from trusted experts.
Pastors, church staff, and lay leaders report that GriefShare is consistently effective in helping grievers rebuild their lives. As group members heal, some desire to assist in leading GriefShare, creating the potential for a self-perpetuating ministry.
Long-term grief ministry
Churches, family, and friends encircle the griever in the immediate days surrounding the death of a loved one. GriefShare is designed to help churches continue ministry in the long months after the funeral, when those around the griever return to “normal” lives.
The GriefShare kit has everything needed to start a new ministry: leader recruiting and training, promotion, weekly video sessions covering major grief recovery topics, group discussion guides, participant workbooks for daily Bible study, and free ongoing support for leaders.
Many churches report that over 85% of group attendees are not from their church, and half do not have an active spiritual life and are not followers of Christ. GriefShare becomes a great entry point for group members into the life of your church.
GriefShare provides free, ongoing phone and email support through our experienced ministry coach team. The LeaderZone, our private leader website, provides leaders with additional resources and a forum to connect and share with other leaders.
46 leading Christian video contributors
What pastors and leaders are saying about GriefShare
“We have seen so much healing.” Pastor
“We get to witness transformation and changed lives.” Facilitator
“One of the main groups we provide as an outreach to the community.” Pastor
“We see people move from despair to hope.” Facilitator
“It’s one of the best things I’ve seen for people who are hurting.” Pastor
“75% of the people who came were first-time visitors to our church.” Facilitator
Who’s talking about GriefShare?
Healed from your grief?
Leading a GriefShare group can change your life. Read our FREE book to discover how. Pastors: Use this book to recruit lay leaders to your GriefShare group!
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Frequently asked questions
Q: Who will come to our GriefShare group?
A: GriefShare will minister to people within your church and throughout your community who are grieving the death of a loved one or friend. It’s likely that many of the people who will come to your GriefShare group will come from outside your church, and they may not have an active spiritual life or be followers of Christ. GriefShare represents a tremendous outreach and evangelism tool for your church!
Q: Is GriefShare appropriate for other types of losses?
A: GriefShare is specifically designed for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend through death. Other losses, such as the loss of a job, the death of a pet, divorce, and similar major life events, while significant, are not the focus of GriefShare.
Q: We already have a bereavement ministry. Why do we need GriefShare?
A: Most churches do a wonderful job of caring for grieving people from their congregation in the immediate days surrounding a death and funeral. GriefShare is designed to extend ministry into the long months that follow, when people around the griever have returned to their normal, busy lives.
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