Through our own baptism we become children of God, we share in the inheritance promised to us, by a loving God. In baptism we die with Christ, and through his Resurrection, we will rise with him. As children of God we are all very unique. There is only one of us, and so it is at the end of our lives. We all share, with each other, our lives here on earth. Yet at the end of our life, we all will be called back to the very person who made us. That moment in our lives is also very unique, exclusive to the person who God is calling back to himself, back home. We all experience in our lives the loss of a loved one, be it a spouse, a parent, a grandmother, or grandfather, brother, sister, and so on, and we will feel loss in our lives. There are times when we feel what a verse of a song says; “Just when you think you need someone, there is someone else who needs you.”
This is where a program that we will be starting here at Our Lady Queen of Heaven comes in. That program is called “Grief Share.” Those who have felt a loss in the family, and just need additional help in coping with the loss, can come together to share with others who have also felt, experienced a loss in their lives.
There are two Christian-based programs that we will be introducing. The first one is a one-time, one-day program, that is specifically for those who have lost their spouse. When someone loses a spouse, they feel like their heart is melting, they are many times looking for the answer to their “why?” The other program is a 13 week series of videos, and talks. Being able to talk to others who are going through exactly what you are going through can be very helpful. It is in sharing this experience that we are helping not only ourselves, but as importantly helping our neighbor, part of our human family.
Please watch the bulletin and watch for pamphlets, and posters, announcing when this will begin. We will start with the one-day seminar on “The Loss of a Spouse.” We must always remember that the grief you feel in the loss of your loved one, will always be equal to the love you gave them in life.