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First Presbyterian

​​A cornerstone for Christ since 1850.


It hurts to lose someone.

Find help at GriefShare.


GriefShare is a friendly, caring

group of people who walk alongside you through one of life’s

most difficult experiences.

You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.



Meet at local churches throughout the year to learn about eye-opening reasons why the pain of losing a loved one is so overwhelming; overlooked, yet common strongholds that grief has on your mind, body, and spirit;

and ways to get things done when you have no energy.  Each video seminar features grief recovery experts and real-life grief

recovery experiences.






3-5 p.m.

Community Presbyterian Church, 125 Everett Road, Pinehurst

Contact group coordinator Faye Urello (910) 235-0712 / or CPC church office (910) 295-6848.


2 p.m.

Christ Community Church, 220 Campground Road, West End
Contact group coordinator René Bleakley (910) 366-5614


6 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

101 S. Ray Street, Carthage

Contact Doris Russell (910) 949-6549.


4:30 - 6 p.m.

Aberdeen First Baptist Church

700 N. Sandhills Blvd/US Hwy. 1

Contact Deborah Richardson, AFB Church Administrative Assistant (910) 944-1421.





Tuesday, October 20th,

2020 tentative date

"Surviving the Holidays"

6:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church Carthage, in the Family Life Center

When you are grieving a loved one's death, the holiday season can be especially painful.

GriefShare's Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants discover

-How to deal with emotions,

-What to do about traditions,

-Helpful tips for surviving social events,

-How to find hope for the future.



For more information,

contact Doris Russell, (910) 949-6549.

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GriefShare at FPC
13-week Series Description

What is a GriefShare

13 week session like?

An article by Doris and Bill Russell of First Presbyterian Church, Carthage


“What was GriefShare like?” some have asked. 


 “I have shed my tears, I don’t want to sit around crying,” others said.  


“My loved one’s death was years ago,” some others said.  “My loved one’s death is too recent,” still others have said.


Do we sit around crying for the 2 hours?  NO!!  We laugh, we tear up sometimes as we share a memory, then dry a tear and move on as we take a sip of water and grab a mini Hershey’s chocolate!


We promise on the first session, that we attend, to keep everything confidential.


Each week we watch a 30-45 minutes video and have a discussion afterwards.  No one has to share if they don’t want to share.  The videos present experts, ministers, and Christian counselors discussing grief and recovery subjects. After some videos we have several times commented, “Whew!  That was heavy!”


We have had men in the group and women.  Men and women grieve differently and we respect those differences.


GriefShare first began in 1998.  It is based out of Wake Forest, NC, but is offered all over the world. GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world.


Some people say their loved one passed away many years ago so they are past their grief, or that they were too busy after the loved one’s death and they didn’t have time to grieve. Bill has been surprised to find that GriefShare has helped him walk through the grief of his father who died 44 years ago.  He realized through GriefShare that he really never grieved since our wedding was the very next week. He commented that our nightly prayers together, 44 years ago, helped him get through that time of grief immediately after his father’s death.


Some people have wondered if their grief is too new to attend GriefShare.  The first few sessions will help someone new to grief, to understand that their feelings are totally normal.  As those new to grief attend the middle and final sessions they will see that GriefShare truly helps them move from mourning to joy.


At the end of each session we are reminded to use our weekly workbook. During the week, group members are encouraged to complete the daily Bible Study and practical exercises in their GriefShare workbook. At the beginning of the next session, we discuss which Bible verses spoke to us in that week’s workbook pages.


We also received a journal.  Some of us really felt the journaling helped.


GriefShare has increased our faith, our reading of our Bible, and has helped us enjoy fellowship— building strong, new friendships and bonds with one another. It can be very healing to tell others what you have been going through.


GriefShare has helped us reflect on our grief, helped us understand our feelings, and our responses to grief.


Please talk to God to see if GriefShare is right for you.  We will pray that God sends, to each of our sessions of GriefShare, the people that should attend.

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