MEET THE FACILITATORS Each session has two facilitators plus a member of the clergy present to serve as chaplain. Laity and clergy are trained specifically in the Christian ministry of grief and bereavement. Pictured top left to bottom right: the Rev. Sandra Moyle, Leesie Snell, Sarah Ryder, Jackie Cook, Verna Schoonmaker.
8-Week Grief Recovery Program
St. Mark’s began offering the Walking the Mourner’s Path program in 2008 after Associate Rector Sandy Moyle and Pastoral Care coordinator Elizabeth Crosby were certified as facilitators by the national organization. Leesie Snell, Verna Schoonmaker and Jackie Cook were among the first participants and thought so highly of the program that they agreed to be trained as facilitators. The following year Sarah Ryder did the same. Since then St. Mark’s has offered at least one and usually two 8-week sessions a year.
The next class begins:
All the facilitators have suffered the loss of a person or persons very important to them and found Mourner’s Path helped, as Leesie Snell puts it, “to transform grief into new life” and Sarah Ryder agrees, ‘We are alive again.” Especially important to Jackie was that the program offered “a safe place to cry and to heal” and Verna believes Mourner’s Path offers participants ‘hope for the future”.
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“...to transform grief into new life.”
Walking the Mo urne r ’s Path ®
Transforming Grief Into Joyful Living
Your Invitation to Walk the Mourner’s Path A CHRIST CENTERED BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF SUPPORT PROGRAM
We believe your grieving is not a lack of faith but a natural part of living
WHEN TO BEGIN It is recommended that participants wait at least 6 months after the death to begin the Mourner’s Path Program. There is no upper limit to participation. Whether your loss was six
We are distinct from other bereavement programs in that we are Christ-centered,
months ago or 20 years ago, you are invited to begin walking
scripturally sound and church based. Walking the Mourner’s path is not group
the Mourner’s Path.
therapy but is a spiritually directed program. Through faithful attendance at our
In Jerusalem during the time of King Solomon, there was a path around the Jewish Temple for mourners to walk. As others in the community noticed those in grief, they would offer comfort by saying, “May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”
TAKING THE FIRST STEPS
8-week program, you will learn ways to honor your loved one and discover Jesus’
Before beginning the Mourner’s Path Program, you will meet
promise of comfort.
with one of the trained facilitators to discuss if the program is
Your pain is uniquely yours, but you are not alone. W h a t t o E xp e ct
V a l u e o f G ro u p S e s si o n s
Once per week for eight weeks you will meet
By participating in a Mourner’s Path Group
with your group of 8 - 10 participants for 2
you learn that while your situation and your
hours. Each meeting begins with a light meal
pain are unique you are not alone on your
and fellowship before moving into the group
sessions. The provided workbook guides the
members of the group and share new tools
sessions with questions for reflection, as well as
for healing and moving forward with your life.
relationship with your loved one and will help you
find God’s direction for your life. As a
participant you are not required to share, but are given the opportunity in a safe environment to express as little or as much as you need.
Transforming Grief Into Joyful Living
right for you. They will gladly answer any questions you may have and guide you through the registration process. There is a small registration fee to cover materials and facilitator training, but the workbook is yours to keep after the 8-week program. Scholarships are available.
WALKING THE PATH Each week’s topic builds on the previous week so it is important to attend each session. The topics of discussion include:
Telling your story in a safe place Remembering your loved one How you learned to mourn Emotional, mental, physical & spiritual responses to grief The stages of grief How men & women express grief differently Examining change Victories– how you have grown Integrating change into your life