GRIEF AND LOSS
The death of someone you love is difficult. Whether it was sudden or expected, there are a wide range of emotions that you face. As you or your family navigate this difficult journey, Custer Road UMC has the following resources to help. If you need assistance or would like to speak with a minister, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 972-618-3450.
All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. At Custer Road United Methodist Church, we hold a service on the 1st Sunday of November to recognize those who over the past 12 months, have left this earthly existence and are now with Jesus in heaven. During the All Saints Service, church members who are no longer with us are individually recognized during each Sunday morning service. Family members are invited to join us for this important remembrance.
THIS YEAR'S ALL SAINTS SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021
Help others as they face difficult circumstances and the pain of grief by serving on the Bereavement Committee. The Bereavement Committee helps organize and run memorial services held here at Custer Road UMC. You can help by baking cookies, ushering, serving food & drinks, setting up or cleaning up. If you would like to bless someone by being a member of our Bereavement Committee, please fill out the form below to learn more about how to serve.
The Columbarium at Custer Road United Methodist Church is a place of tranquility and reverence where individuals can visit the final resting place of their loved ones to celebrate their lives, remember special moments and prayerfully meditate.
GRIEF MINISTRY BRINGS CHRIST’S MESSAGE OF HEALING AND HOPE TO THOSE EXPERIENCING LOSS.
REV. SHARON O'CONNOR LEADS OUR CLASSES - THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE AND WORKBOOKS ARE PROVIDED TO EACH PARTICIPANT.
TO JOIN, PLEASE EMAIL REV. O'CONNOR AT SOCONNOR@CRUMC.ORG.
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you may find that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time in which you feel isolated and have many questions about things you have never faced before. GriefShare is designed to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Join in a discussion where those who are grieving find hope and fellowship in a Christian atmosphere. One member described the class as “a turning point in my life.” Classes meets each Tuesday for 13 weeks Every session has three distinct elements: video seminar with experts, support group discussion and personal study with reflection. You are welcome to begin the session at any point as each session is self-contained.
*Please note that GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. We understand that there are other losses in life that create feelings of grief. You might be experiencing a job loss, a divorce, estrangement from a child, or the loss of friends because of a move. This grief is real, but it is not the kind of grief discussed in GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to ask a minister for help in finding resources that will be of specific help in your situation.
Journeying through Grief is a set of four short books that Custer Road UMC sends to people at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one. The author, Kenneth C. Haugk, walks alongside the reader and shares helpful insights about grief, biblical truths, and stories that provide comfort and reassurance. Each book focuses on what the person is likely to be experiencing at that point in grief—offering understanding, empathy, compassion, and hope.
Four Books at Four Crucial Times
Book 1: A Time to Grieve - sent 3 weeks after the loss
Book 2: Experiencing Grief - sent 3 months after the loss
Book 3: Finding Hope and Healing - sent 6 months after the loss
Book 4: Rebuilding and Remembering - sent 11 months after the loss
The death of a loved one is a life-changing experience for those left behind. A meaningful and well-planned service is essential to the healing of broken hearts. There are many decisions to be made and the ministers at Custer Road UMC are available to assist you with the process whether it be a funeral or a memorial service.
Services can be held in The Sanctuary which holds 1,400 people; The Venue which seats 300 people; or the Prayer Room which comfortably holds 30 but can be configured for a tighter arrangement of 50 people. To find out more information or for help in navigating these decisions, please contact Custer Road UMC at 972-618-3450.
Project Lifeboat is a peer grief program for middle school & high school students who have suffered the loss of a loved one or close friend. Similar to a teen hangout, Project Lifeboat aims to help youth share and learn from each other as they journey through the myriad of emotions that accompany grief.
Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm in Rooms B7 & B9. Parents are invited to attend as well and join in a separate group for adults only.
Service of Light & Hope is a special program held during the Christmas season for those that are grieving. Holidays and its associated “cheer” can be extremely difficult for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Come to this special service to recognize the pain and allow God to begin the transforming of your heart.
FOR 2021, SERVICE OF LIGHT & HOPE WILL BE HELD IN THE VENUE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH AT 6: 30 PM. CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED.
THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVESTREAMED FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND IN PERSON HERE. CONTACT CARE@CRUMC.ORG FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS
Surviving the Holidays is for anyone who is hurting and grieving during the holiday season. Participants learn practical coping strategies to manage the holidays and discover renewed hope for the future. This 90-minute program is FREE and every participant will be given a guide to take with them.