By Mark Ambrogi
The holidays can be stressful for many, but especially for those who have lost loved ones.
Noblesville First United Methodist Church will hold its GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the church, 2051 Monument St., Noblesville.
The programs are offered to non-church members as well as members, said Carol Miller, Parish Care coordinator. The two-hour seminar will feature advice from people who have faced the holidays after a loss. There will be insight from Christian counselors, pastors and psychologists.
Miller said it’s similar to the sessions in the 13-week programs that the church runs with GriefShare and DivorceCare.
“It’s a video, a discussion group and a time being together, but it’s just a single evening,” Miller said. “We have facilitators within the church.”
The church will also host DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, a seminar for those facing the holidays following a separation or divorce, from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20. Free childcare is available.
The seminar touches on topics such as what to do about traditions and other changes, how to survive potentially awkward moments at holiday events and how to help your children have a good holiday experience.
Miller said the free programs are usually held the week before Thanksgiving.
“A lot of holidays are very difficult especially for the grief people,” Miller said. “It gives guidelines that you are in control. We have wonderful handout, called ‘my personal holiday plan.’ It guides people to learn what’s important to you, what you need to do and what you can let go. That’s important because sometimes you think you have to do everything.”
There are also survival guides with tips and encouraging readings, offered at both sessions for $5 each.
For more, call Miller at 773-2500 or email her at [email protected].