For those who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can be especially difficult to get through; however, GriefShare is hoping to lessen the burden.

GriefShare is a network of friendly and caring people who understand what it is like to lose a loved one, and can help assist in the grieving process.
GriefShare is offering a Surviving the Holidays seminar to help those grieving navigate the Christmas season.

“This isn't just people who get together locally, this is around the world,” said Kathy Bauman.

Bauman is heading up the local Surviving the Holidays program which will be held on Monday, Nov. 16.

Bauman first sought out the program after losing her husband three years ago. She attended programs in both Lawrenceburg and St. Leon and said everyone was very kind.

Bauman, with the help of five other ladies, will lead the program which lasts roughly two hours and contains a video and discussion portion. All of the ladies are capable of hosting the seminar. According to GriefShare.org, those attending the holiday seminar can expect to learn; how to deal with the many emotions that can be experienced during the holidays, what to do about traditions and coming changes, helpful tips for surviving social events and how to discover hope for the future.

“When we meet, the people that come to these, we all have something in common, we've all lost somebody,” said Bauman.

Bauman said there really is a sense of camaraderie gained by attending this program. Father Vincent Lampert of the St. Peter and St. Michael Archangel Catholic Churches saw the need for a program just like this in the area. Because of that need and Bauman having previously attended the program, they were able to bring it to the area locally.

Those attending the program will watch a video that gives practical holiday tips for those grieving, as well as stories of people who have navigated the holidays after losing someone, hear how other seminar attendees are dealing with the holidays, have the opportunity to share how grief is affecting them ( this is optional) and receive a personal copy of the GriefShare Holiday Survival guide.

Anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one is welcome to attend. You also do not have to be a resident of Franklin County.
“Any day is hard, but the holidays are really hard,” said Bauman.

This year, the program is sponsored by Brookville Catholic Parishes and will be held at the Holy Guardian Angels Community Building of St. Michael Parish on Nov. 16 at 6:45 p.m.

There is no cost to attend and attendees should practice social distancing and wear masks.

For more information please contact Kathy Bauman at 812-623-3648 or Carla Hertel at 765-647-5462.