April 21, 2012

Faith-based groups help with grieving

The goal of the groups is to give one another support and allow visitors who struggle with loss to talk about their experiences.

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The couple moved to Bowling Green from Chicago three years ago, partly because the cold weather was too hard on her ailing husband and partly because Emmart's stepdaughter lives in Glasgow, she says.

So, when her husband died, Emmart had few close friends in the area. That's when her fellow church members stepped in.

"My church plays a wonderful role in it," she said. "Anytime I need to talk to somebody, I've got phone numbers."

Emmart turned to her church and its school when she decided to start a grief support group.

She found one group that meets on Sunday mornings, and Emmart wasn't willing to miss church. Another group will only accept people who have lost spouses within a year or two, and she's opposed to putting a timeline on grief, she says.

So, Emmart decided to hold her own meetings to help others and herself.

She has talked with many friends and family members who simply tell her to get over it, but they don't understand, she says. Emmart wanted to surround herself with people who understand what she's going through, she says.

"It's a horrible thing to go through," she said. "I was his caregiver for four years, and now there's nothing."


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