ROCKFORD (WREX) — Four Stateline churches and a few organizations are showing those who have lost a loved one they do not have to deal with it by themselves. They say there are many groups and resources to help survivors along the way.
Ray Nilles lost his wife of 48 years in August of 2013. He says ever since she passed, he will never completely recover from it.
"It's something I'll never get over, but it helps to get through every day to know that there's somebody else that's going through it," says Ray Nilles, Grief Support Workshop attendee.
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rockford along with a few other churches and organizations are helping others experiencing grief find that "somebody" through their first Grief Support Workshop.
"We are here just providing some extra support and encouragement to people who have lost loved ones and they are faced with lots of practical questions and concerns and not knowing even where to start," says Karen Freudenberg, Grief Support Workshop organizer.
Organizations and churches involved in Saturday's Grief Support Workshop are helping people get connected to grief groups and services. Nilles says the event can be a great launch point for those who may feel lost during tough times.
"Whether you can talk about it or not, to be with other people who've dealt with the same thing it's just helpful," says Nilles. "Call it comforting or helpful, whatever you want."
"In order to get through it, most often we need others and we all have strengths and weaknesses," says Freudenberg. "There are so many organizations that provide help."
Nilles says he understands not everyone is ready to talk about their grief. He says with his experience of taking advantage of these resources he wants others at the workshop to find what they need to make each day a little easier.
"Peace of mind and the ability to deal with each day that comes along and the ups and downs that will come with it," says Nilles.
This is Mt. Olive Lutheran Church's first time holding the Grief Support Workshop. It says it hopes those who attended will find they have many community options to work through their losses.