The goal of this team is to provide long term support and ministry for congregational members who are grieving through educational opportunities, resources and the emotional support of a caring ministry team.
In April, 2019, we sent a survey to 60+ members who had lost loved ones in the previous 2-5 years. We asked what grief support and bereavement care options they believed would be beneficial to offer to members. Based on the 32 responses received, we developed a plan to provide more formalized grief care support. This plan was reviewed by an advisory group of retired pastors and congregational members.
This Ministry currently has six members who will provide support through educational presentations and opportunities (Grief Support Group, Adult Education, Workshops), written and web-based resources and personal connections.
Karen Barale is the GriefCare Volunteer Team Leader. Karen has completed 150 hours of training at The Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado, and received a Certificate in Grief and Death Studies.