Grief support group offered in Sikeston

Friday, October 16, 2020
Dr. Wendell Weathers holds a sign publicizing the grief support group that will begin Oct. 27 at the First Baptist Church in Sikeston.
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SIKESTON — After a death, when the funeral is over and the cards and flowers stop coming, grief will often continue leaving some to feel alone. A new group in Sikeston hopes to ease that feeling.

The group is being formed in Sikeston with the help of Dr. Wendell Weathers, a Sikeston dentist from 1960 until retiring in 1995. After retiring, Weathers did dentist mission work with Native Americans and even taught at local schools.

But in June of 2019, Weathers lost his wife of 37 years, Barbara.

During this time, Weathers struggled to cope with the mountain called grief, it was the most difficult challenging time he had endured in his life. 

“Going through the grieving process, all the way through deep depression I searched my heart for something to do to make Barbara proud and to serve God,”  Weathers said.

God answered with Grief Share a national group that provides the material for helping churches support those experiencing grief. Weathers has formed a team and will be offering the program for the community every Tuesday, beginning Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s gym lobby.

The free program will run through Jan. 19, 2021, and each session is “self contained” and does not need to be attended in sequence. Any sessions missed can be picked up in the next cycle.

There are three key parts to the Grief Share experience. One is a video seminar that will be encouraging and filled with information featuring leading grief recovery experts.

There will also be the support group which will have discussion about the weekly video content.

The experience will also feature a workbook for journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.

Child support will be available for the group. Anyone needing child care is asked to call the church to reserve a spot for their children.

For any questions, or to register, contact Weathers at 573-471-5057 or Susan James at 573-380-9833.

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