Extending hope in times of grief and loss
Willow Creek offers a variety of workshops that can provide support and care during times of grief.
Loss and Grief workshops
These eight-week workshops help grieving adults find comfort and solace in their journey toward spiritual and emotional healing after a loved one has died or has experienced the loss of a marriage.. Topics addressed include differences in grieving, forgiveness, godly betrayal, self-care, and finding hope. Because each session is unique, a person may attend a full year of Grief Support workshops before the curriculum is repeated.
Loss and Grief events
In addition to the Grief Support workshops described above, Willow offers Loss and Grief supplemental events. These supplemental programs are designed for people experiencing any type of loss, including the death of a loved one or the loss of a marriage, home, finances, or job. These unique sessions provide additional perspective in one's journey to hope and healing.
Grief Support for kids and students
Youth and Teen Grief Support workshops offer age-specific support, strength, and hope to kids and teens (kindergarten through high school) who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Learn more on the Youth and Teen Grief Support page.
Kids: If your child is an infant through age 5, please register them for Midweek for Kids.
For children with losses unrelated to death (infant–highschool age): Please register for Midweek for Kids.
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by Mary Beth Chapman
The wife of Grammy- and Dove Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman explores where God is when the worst happens. In "Choosing to See" she shares about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on.Buy at Seeds
by C. S. Lewis
This brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of Lewis's wife, American-born poet, Joy Davidman. Handwritten entries from notebooks that Lewis found in his home capture the doubt and anguish that we all face in times of great loss. Lewis questions his beliefs in this graceful and poignant affirmation of faith in the face of senseless loss.Buy at Seeds
|From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You
by Miriam Neff
Miriam understands the emotional roller coaster ride widows are riding—she has been there too. As she struggled to understand and accept her new role after her husband's death, she recognized the need for women to hear from other women about their experiences and what helped them transition to this new stage of life.Buy at Seeds
|Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope
by Albert Hsu
While acknowledging that there are no easy answers when it comes to suicide, the author draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in their grief and hope for the future.Buy at Seeds
| When Your Father Dies: How a Man Deals with the Loss of His Father
by Dave Veerman and Bruce Barton
From Amazon: Veerman and Barton share their own experiences with the deaths of their fathers and also those of more than sixty men, including Max Lucado, Chuck Colson, Hank Hannegraaff, and Bill Hybels. They also include insight and practical advice from professional counselors to prepare readers for the emotional struggles that accompany the death of a father.Buy at Amazon
|A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss
by Jerry L. Sittser
This book plumbs the depths of our sorrows, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life.Buy at Seeds
|Lament for a Son
by Nicholas Wolterstorff
From Amazon.com: Wolterstorff, a well-known Christian philosopher, lost his 25-year-old son to a mountain climbing accident. His reflections in the wake of that tragedy are at times deeply personal, but always he expresses a prayerful anguish with which most bereaved parents will identify. Above all he refuses to turn from the "demonic awfulness" of death and, as he moves faithfully through grief, discovers new meaning in the Beatitudes, together with a new understanding of a suffering God.Buy at Amazon
|Grieving the Child I Never Knew
by Kathe Wunnenberg
A devotional companion offering comfort, the reassurance of God's presence, and strength for the journey through grief to healing for those who have lost a child through miscarriage, tubal pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death.Buy at Seeds
|Finding Hope After Your Loss
by Marie Shephard
After the loss of a loved-one, many people experience thoughts and questions around life and death. This booklet, created by Willow Creek's GroupLife Pastor Marie Shepherd, is designed to help guide you through those thoughts and questions to a place of hope and comfort.View Booklet
|Grieving with Hope
by Bill Hybels
Being a Christ follower is no guarantee you will not have bad stuff in your life. At various times we may experience death, grief, sorrow, and times of deep loss, but we have a hope-based approach to our grief. In this weekend message from May 23, 2010, Bill Hybels teaches from 1 Thessalonians 4:13. Available on CD, DVD, and on the media player.Buy CD at SeedsBuy DVD at SeedsWatch Video