St Matthias the Apostle Parish welcomes those who have faced a significant loss to join its on-going Grief Support Group. Participants experience the support and caring of other grieving persons, as well as receive helpful information about grieving and the grief process. Sessions are held every Saturday from 9am – 10:30am in the school library.
For more information contact: Miriam Jacik, MSN, MS Psychology, the Group Coordinator at 301-345-6054.
Miriam Jacik’s Grief Briefs
- Grief Brief #19: How Long Will this Grieving Last? - We begin this Grief Brief with the often asked question: “How long will this grieving last?” The simple response is that it will last for as long as is needed for each individual person. People grieve for as long as it takes to heal from a very difficult life event – the loss of a […]
- Grief Brief # 17 - As we explore sadness, depression, and grief, we who are grieving have come to know the pervasiveness of sadness within the grief journey. It is sometimes hard to believe that the intense feelings of absence, aloneness, and missing will ever lighten. What we do with these feelings is important. Sadness is felt more strongly during […]
- How Children Face Losses and How they Express their Grief. - Grief Brief # 16 As we begin a new grief message this month our focus will be on how children face losses and how they express their grief. A number of people believe that babies and small children are unaware of a loss that occurs within a family. This is not totally true. Although they […]
- Grief Brief #14 - Now that the Thanksgiving holidays are upon us, we are drawn by a spirit of gratitude that speaks to us. Too often, however, we look around at our world and our lives, and foremost in our minds is not that which is enriching us and bringing us joy, but rather at that which we have […]
- Grief and the Concept of Change - As we share this Grief Brief (#13), we will look at the concept of change. Grief and the healing it brings will cause our hearts, minds, and souls to change with the changes that can aid us in moving forward with our lives. Most people, especially those in the middle and latter phases of life, […]
- Grief Brief #12 - As we face grief and the grieving process it is important to be aware that we are holistic human beings. Consequently, grief will affect the physical, emotional, and spiritual components of who we are. Persons who ignore the need to grieve may sometimes be alerted by some physical problems that erupt. It is not unusual […]
- Grief Brief # 11 - One of the issues that arises for people as they grieve is the subject of closure. Some well-meaning persons in our society (that may include some family members and friends) would have us bring the process of grieving to a close at some point along the journey of grief. They are yearning to see and […]
- The Strong Feelings of Grief - Grief Brief #9 One of the difficult aspects of grieving is dealing with the strong feelings that emerge during the grief process. Among those known to most grievers are: sadness, loneliness, missing the person lost, anger that they are no longer a part of one’s life, and guilt over what one believes should or could […]
- Grief Brief #8 - My first thought in writing this next grief note, is to wish you, the readers, a Happy Easter, A Happy Passover, and a Happy Springtime. May these occurrences fill you with hopefulness and joy as you proceed through your grief journey. We will now look at one thing that could help us to move forward […]
- Lighten Our Spirits During the Winter Blues - Since the erratic winter months are upon us, perhaps we could look at the topic of the “winter blues”. Cold gray days, the snow, and the bleak scenes in nature have a way of affecting our mood and emotional lives. This is especially so when we are also facing personal tragedies, health crises, or the […]