The Grief Group at Central meets every other Monday evening at 6:30pm in the Parlor. The group is open to anyone who has experienced loss, death, and grief in your life. We welcome church members and those within our community so please share this opportunity with your family members and friends beyond Central.
Companioning is about being present to another person’s pain; it is not about taking away the pain.
Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
Companioning is about honoring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.
Companioning is about listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.
Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about judging or directing these struggles.
Companioning is about walking alongside;it is not about leading or being led.
Companioning is about discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling up every moment with words.
Companioning is about being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.
Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.
Companioning is about learning from others; it is not about teaching them.
Companioning is about compassionate curiosity; it is not about expertise. –
In sum, companioning is the art of bringing comfort to another by becoming familiar with his/her story (experiences and needs). To companion the grieving person, therefore, is to break bread literally or figuratively, as well as listen to the story of the other. Of course this may well involve tears and sorrow and tends to involve a give and take of story: I tell you my story and you tell me yours. It is a sharing in a deep and profound way. – (Wolfelt)
If you have questions about the Grief Group please contact Debbie Foster at 617-9202