Grief is one of life’s toughest journeys. “Faith can and will heal, and time helps,” Kippy Breeden said.

Grief is one of life’s toughest journeys.

“Faith can and will heal, and time helps,” Kippy Breeden said.

Breeden, a member of First United Methodist Church, Geneseo, will lead an 11-week Christian-based “GriefShare” ministry at 7 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Jan. 16, at His Place, south campus of First United Methodist at 224 South State St.

The program is open to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

The cost is $20 per person and advance registration can be made by contacting the church at 944-2793. Scholarships are available.

GriefShare is a seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close.

Breeden’s husband, Glenn Nelson, lost his battle with cancer.

Going from being a couple to a single changed many routines, Breeden said.

It wasn’t easy talking to people about your loss if they hadn’t been through it,” she said. “Many situations and feelings that come up are hard to discuss.”

She found support from another widow who invited her to a grief support group she was teaching at Heritage Wesleyan Church, in Rock Island.

“It was amazing to talk to others who had lost their spouse, parent or child,” she said.

She said both her faith and her understanding of losing a loved one grew through that class. “The people became friends and we discussed all topics of dealing with the death of loved ones.”

From the support she received, Breeden wants to share that insight with others on a journey from mourning to joy.

Yvette Biddle, director of congregational care at First Methodist, said, “Members of a previous GriefShare class led by Breeden continue to meet occasionally for fellowship. Friendships are formed in the 11 weeks and the Lord brings healing and support.”