Grief Support Group Offered at CHI St. Luke’s Health

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No matter the circumstances, grief recovery can be difficult and painful. CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial will again host GriefShare, a special seminar and support group to help members of the community to grieve in a positive way.

“Grief Share is a safe, loving environment where folks learn that they are not alone,” said Jay Gilchrist, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Vice President of Mission Integration. “Most participants find it to be a turning point in their lives.”

The 13-week GriefShare program utilizes a support group setting to assist those who are grieving the death of a loved one. This third session to be hosted by CHI St. Luke’s begins Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Rooms A&B at the Lufkin facility. Each session, guided by a local facilitator and co-facilitators, includes a video seminar and the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced similar losses.

“This faith-based program allows people to share in a family-like setting,” Gilchrist said. “The facilitators have experienced grief and have learned successful ways to help people rebuild their lives.  Participants help each other also, to walk a healing path.”

The support group provides a comfortable, safe and confidential environment and is open to the public. You do not need to pre-register to attend. You may bring a voluntary contribution to help with the cost of the workbook needed for the seminar. GriefShare is a 13-week program and will run through May 2.

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

For more information or to register for the program, please contact program facilitator Karen Norton at (936) 632-5841 or Karen@lufkin.org. You may also visit griefshare.org to learn more.