Cameron Baptist Church hosts “Loss of a Spouse” seminar

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 12:24 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Grief Share is a support group that helps those struggling with the loss of a loved one, they kick off their 13-week session with the “Loss of a Spouse” seminar.

Linda Purdue has been the program facilitator for several years.

Purdue said the loss of a spouse can be extremely difficult to deal with.

“When you lose your spouse, you lose not just the person that you loved and you’ve lived with but you lose the person that would go to the grocery store or take out the trash or be there just to listen to you, you lose a lot when you have lost your spouse,” said Purdue.

During the sessions, they watch a video, have workbooks, and open discussions among everyone in attendance.

She said these group sessions help you learn how to cope with your grief and help you realize that there is still hope.

“The emotions are very hard and they do drain you and make you tired and you think might be the only one that experiences this but you find that we all do,” she said.

Shelly Burk has attended Grief Share in the past after losing her husband in 2019.

Burk said the group helped her when she needed it the most.

“It gave me what I needed and even though I lost hope for a while, quite a while, I found myself feeling hopeful again, hopeful for a future that I didn’t feel like I had anymore because I felt like that passed away when Ronnie passed away,” said Burk.

She said being a part of the group reminds you that you are not alone.

“Sometimes even though your family is there, or your friends are there, you need people who can relate to what you’re experiencing, feeling, and going through,” she said.

The “Loss of a Spouse” seminar is this Wednesday, January 25th at 6 p.m. and the 13-week Grief Share Group is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. starting on February 1st.

For more information on how to attend, you can visit https://www.griefshare.org/countries/us/states/ok/cities/lawton