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“The Bereavement Journey” Feedback

We would like to share with you this wonderful feedback from the recent rerun of the Bereavement Journey:

“I was amazed by how professional and insightful this course was. The lady, Jane Oundjian, who was the main speaker in the course was very experienced in dealing with grief of all kinds. I learnt that grief, although often a different experience for many, has a lot of similar identifying points and I would argue that this course is suited for anyone, whether they have a life of faith or not.

When I heard that the course was 2 hours long a session I was sceptical whether this course was for me and concerned that I would be too tired at the end of it. I was reassured however by the way the course allowed space for discussion in between the educational videos that we watched, as this made time go very quickly and I often felt like I wanted to stay on the call even after it had ended.

Through the discussion and optional sharing, I got to know other people of our faith on a deeper level and I gained respect and empathy towards those in my group. Hearing what some of the effects of grief might be, including guilt, regret, anger, loneliness and depression, made me feel less alone in my struggles. It was so healing to know that what I am going through is normal and a common side effect of loosing someone you love.

All in all it was a refreshing course which I would highly recommend to anyone above 16 years old and beyond, who has experienced grief and to those who come into contact with the bereaved, to gain a better understanding of what they might be going through.

Ultimately, as long as we have people in our lives that we love, none of us are immune to grief.

Thank you to Cecilie and Franklin Fortune, and Francoise M. for organising and facilitating this course, and to David Hanna for adding the Unificationist, parental perspective by his personal and well researched insights in the final session.

Thank you also to the HTB community for creating such a refreshing course for people of all backgrounds to benefit from.

A. Johnson, age 32

The Seonghwa Ministry is offering a rerun of ‘The Bereavement Journey’, a 6-session course developed by Holy Trinity Brompton that helps anyone who is dealing with grief.

Those who attended the course at the beginning of the year appreciated the opportunity to share in a small group their struggles dealing with grief and to receive encouraging guidance to move forward.

Franklin will facilitate the course, which includes a series of films featuring a Cruse Counsellor, bereavement care and open group discussions afterwards. The sixth session will also include a Unificationist view on bereavement, and the transition and life in the spirit world.

Dates: Friday May 7, 14, 21 and June 4, 11 and 18 

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Price: £20 for 6 sessions including a workbook 

Participants must commit to take part in the whole course.

Please register with Francoise M. by sending an email to: seonghwaministry@gmail.com

Reflections from “The Bereavement Journey” in Jan/Feb 2021:

Valuable course. It is still fresh for me. I realise people are getting on with their life and do not ask me anymore how I am doing so it was good to speak in a small group in a safe space.” – Anonymous

I found the course interesting.  I would say that it was a difficult experience rather than a good one. I felt very loved, supported, and accepted and found it easy to express my feelings honestly.” – Jennifer

I appreciated to listen to everyone who went through a similar experience than me. It was not always easy for me to speak about what I went through. Some are more affected than others depending how strong the connection of love existed with the one who ascended.” – Toyoko

I enjoyed the course. The booklet was useful. Before each session I would look at it and was inspired by many of the quotes, as well as by the pointer to a variety of resources. The course brought to me some thoughts about bereavement that I had not entertained before and so, it was a particularly good eye-opener.” – Annerose

Overall a good experience. I thought that I had moved on, but I realised that I had still a lot of unresolved emotions inside. Being able to speak about it helped me to look at it and make progress in dealing with my pains. Being together with members who share the same experience was healing and comforting.” – Françoise

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