The loss of a loved one affects everyone differently. Everyone has their grief journey. One thing that can help is to have others alongside you during the journey. The Seasons of Hope Bereavement Ministry is there for all those in our community who are grieving.
Marilyn Killila lost her husband, Dick, 12 years ago. She first sought out a bereavement group at a Lutheran church. Several of the members were from St. Michael.
Deacon Wayne Davis helped get a program started at St. Michael about eight years ago, and it’s been going ever since. Marilyn, along with Pat Annee, took over for several years, and Angie Walker now leads the ministry. Participants meet for a six-week session, and the sessions are offered about four times per year. Marilyn leads the social aspect of the ministry. Past participants gather for a meal once a month and occasionally go on trips and outings together.
“It’s meant to be for friendships and to fill that void,” Marilyn says.
Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend — whether the loss was recent or many years ago. Some people go through multiple Seasons of Hope sessions.
“Different people are affected differently, and some need extra help,” Marilyn says.
The Seasons of Hope sessions walk through several topics to help those who are grieving find ways to cope.
“You learn that God will take care of you,” Marilyn says. “You are not alone.”
The most significant part of the ministry is the relationships that form. It has made all the difference for Marilyn — to know there are people who care.
“You wouldn’t believe the friendships I’ve made,” she says. “We look out for each other. We are there for each other through the ups and downs.”
Everything that is discussed at the sessions stays confidential.
“The group forms a special bond during their time,” Marilyn says.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is usually a special session on getting through the holidays after a loss.
“It’s been 12 years for me, and there is sometimes something, even all these years, that still makes you sad,” Marilyn says.
She wants to invite anyone who has suffered a loss to join not only for the sessions but also for the social group outings.
For general info about the Seasons of Hope Bereavement Ministry or to join an upcoming session, contact Angie Walker at email@example.com. For information on upcoming social outings, contact Marilyn Killila at 317-200-8938 or firstname.lastname@example.org