A grief support group is forming in Monett for those whose loved ones have died.
The five weekly sessions will take place at noon on each Friday, beginning Oct. 15 and continuing through Nov. 12 at the Monett Senior Center, located at 405 Dairy St.
"Good Grief" is the focus of the sessions, helping those who are suffering to turn the process into a more positive experience.
Facilitated by Randy Martin, bereavement coordinator with Hospice Compassus in Monett and Branson, the sessions will explore understanding good grief and bad grief, what it means to be a bereaved person and knowing the difference between grief and mourning.
"Randy lost his wife three years ago," said Dorothy Blinzler, volunteer coordinator with Hospice Compassus. "He understands first hand the difficulty in dealing with grief and finding new purpose and joy in life, especially during the holidays."
"During the three years since I lost my wife, people have told me that time heals all things -- that's time with some proactive steps."
Martin breaks the word "time" into elements.
"T stands for today -- I will attempt to move forward. I (stands for) will involve . . . others into my life. M (means) myself -- the bottom line is I have to decide myself that I am going to get through this, and E (is for) we are eternal beings," Martin explained.
Martin will have a number of Powerpoint presentations, along with music to help heal, laugh or cry. He urges those who wish to participate in the sessions to bring photos and objects or other memorabilia of their loved one. A balloon launch is also planned.
The sessions are not limited to persons who have lost a loved one in recent months.
"This is open to anyone," Martin said. "It is for people who have lost loved ones yesterday or many years ago," he said. "It could be an uncle, aunt, child, grandparents or spouse who died through violence or sudden or chronic illness."
For more information, contact Hospice Compassus at 235-9097.