Letter to the Editor:
Eight years ago, my youngest son, Andrew, fell from the bluffs and died.
Since that time, my life has been ruined by grief, anger, regret, guilt and all the emotions caused by traumatic sudden child loss. I've tried everything the experts say. I've read books, attended counseling - both group and one on one. I've been prescribed antidepressants and self medicated with alcohol. Last year was so bad I feared I wouldn't make it.
This year I was very fortunate! I learned of a group called GriefShare. It is a Christian-based group with a difference. It was very structured with videos, group and a workbook that helps you through the week. Sponsored by Calvary Cares and Calvary Baptist Church, it is led by people who understand loss.
It is a 13-week program, and I found myself really looking forward to seeing those that attended. We became a family of sufferers that came together to get help and help others.
For the first time in eight years, I can face the holidays with faith and hope, not overwhelming sorrow. If you are stuck in grief and destroyed by loss I highly recommend this group.
You have nothing to lose, and I pray God helps you through this difficult time!
Reprint & Used with Permission: Alton Telegraph, December 9, 2016