Grief Support Class

The Fall 2019 class was amazing! Thank you to all who participated and a big thank you to God for all the healing and blessings. Please contact the instructor (below) if you would like to stay informed about the next Grief Support Class. Thank you!

Grief Support Class

Have you had some major losses in your life? Do you feel like those around you have long forgotten about it and they think you are okay? But you are really not. You may feel very tired, lethargic, no energy or motivation to do anything, even things you have loved to do in the past. If this is how you feel, then you may be experiencing grief. We aren’t often taught about the value of grief and how to process it. This class was created to help you.

When: TBA

How Long: 8 weeks

Location: Dahlonega, Georgia (specific location to be announced)

You can also join live from any location via Zoom. If you live locally, you are encouraged to come to the class location.

Cost: $88

Instructor: Susan McPherson

Books: (please purchase prior to start date)

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt

The Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones by Alan D. Wolfelt

To Register: Please contact the instructor (below) to find out when the next class is available.

Questions? More Info? If you have questions or would like more information, please contact your instructor Susan directly: susanmcpherson7 [at] gmail [dot] com

Student Testimonial

“The Grief Support Class was a safe place for me to get in touch with grief that had been stuck in my heart for 38 years. My dad died suddenly when I was 15. I was not shown how to grieve in a healthy way, so I simply stuffed it away. All other losses I experienced after that were also locked into my heart. Society does not teach us how to grieve or the importance of the mourning process. That’s what makes this class so valuable. This class allowed me to release my stored-up grief and get in touch with deep places in my heart among caring people who are also walking through grief. My fellow class members understood and honored my heart. Susan is a wonderful leader who really ‘ gets’ grief, how it affects us, and how to heal. As a result of this class, I am now able to enjoy memories from those difficult years of loss, and I am able to feel blessed by remembering the good times with the dad I loved and lost. I recommend this class for anyone who has experienced loss, whether recent or long ago. It is never too late to let Jesus set your heart free.” – Janet

This course is made available by Transformations.

Have you had some major losses in your life? Do you feel like those around you have long forgotten about it and they think you are okay? But you are really not. After two weeks those around you go back to their normal way of life, but you have lost your way and are now in a wilderness. You don’t even know how to verbalize it because no one has shared with you what grief does to you – in you.

You may feel very tired, lethargic, no energy or motivation to do anything, even things you have loved to do in the past. You can’t remember things like you used to, you are clumsy, you can’t even seem to do simple tasks. You feel like you are going crazy. You aren’t yourself, and you don’t know how to get back to yourself. You certainly don’t know how to move forward. Time does not heal like “they” say it does.

People ask how you are doing, and you don’t know what to say. You think surely they don’t want to hear, “I’m in grief” after a year. “They” say you get over grief in a year, but I’ve not found that to be true. Grief doesn’t just leave; it has to be drained out by mourning, not by busying ourselves. Grief can be there for 30 years and feel as if the loss happened just yesterday.

Mourning? What is mourning? We certainly aren’t taught about mourning and what it looks like. Actually, mourning is what drains the grief out.

If any of this sounds familiar, you will benefit from the grief class that I’ll be leading. It will be a 1-1/2 hour weekly class where we will go through the book Understanding your Grief by Alan D. Wolfelt. There is a companion journal that we will be writing in. Both of these books should be purchased before the class. The cost is $88 and we will meet for 8 weeks. The location will be in Dahlonega, Georgia (specific venue to be announced), but we will be equipped for those long distance to do the class via Zoom.

About Your Instructor:

I’m Susan McPherson and have experienced grief in many ways. At 30 years of age my husband drowned leaving me with our 6 month old to care for alone. With the help of God, my church family, and my family I got through that difficult time. I had the opportunity to spend lots of time with the Lord during that hard time because my husband, just 3 months before, had taken out a large life insurance policy. So I was able to stay home with my baby and press into Jesus. God blessed me with another husband a year and a half later. We chose before God to have as many children as He wanted us to have, so we had 6 more! What a blessing they all are! My most recent loss has been my sweet Daddy. It has been 3 years ago this month, but sometimes it seems like only yesterday. I’m doing this grief class not only for you but also for me. I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your stories.

Grief support class

“An odd by-product of my loss is that I’m aware of being an embarrassment to everyone I meet … perhaps the bereaved ought to be isolated in special settlements like lepers.”

C.S. Lewis  (after the death of his wife)