WYCKOFF, NJ … Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff and Valley Hospice are hosting a Faith & Grief Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in the CHCC Auditorium, 700 Mountain Ave., Wyckoff.
Open to all faiths, these luncheons are offered the third Wednesday of every month and provide opportunities for those mourning the loss of a loved one to gather together and be strengthened through sharing, scripture, prayer, and reflection. A complimentary lunch is provided, but donations are accepted.
Register at www.faithandgrief.org. For more information, contact the Christian Health Care Pastoral Care Department at (201) 848-5839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHCC’s first Faith & Grief Luncheon held in January was extremely well-received. There were 38 participants and seven facilitators, in addition to several greeters.
In addition, Donna Philibosian, MSW, harp therapist, provided soothing background music. CHCC is the first health-care facility to offer this community service. The ministry originated in Dallas, Texas and was held in churches.
“I believe that this type of bereavement support group which incorporates the major component of faith into a person’s journey through grief will deeply impact those who choose to participate,” said Sandra Masters, MDiv, Heritage Manor Nursing Home Chaplain. “I’ve seen it happen in Dallas, and that’s why I was so passionate about bringing this program to the community here in New Jersey. It also seems like a natural extension of the healing ministry that we have had here at Christian Health Care Center for more than 100 years.”