Program in North Omaha helps people cope with grief

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A program in North Omaha is helping people cope with any loss or grief in their lives.

The Church Village of North Omaha is about to begin its second session of “GriefShare”. This is a completely free 13-week program that allows community members to come together and offer advice and support to one another.

It includes a video seminar focusing on grief recovery topics. Everything said during the sessions is confidential.

With the loss so many have felt due to the pandemic, gun violence and other national issues, the program’s hosts say it’s a program that is needed; especially in North Omaha.

People are hurting, they are angry. I mean, I think you can attribute a lot of the heated emotions to the repressed experience of losing a loved one who’s been shot down, of losing a loved one who’s affected by COVID. Everyone took shelter for two years and we are trying to move on. It’s an outlet where they can find the courage to see that they’re not the only ones venturing out, not the only ones dealing with this,” says Hazel Mitchell, program director.

The program is funded by United Healthcare. It is open to all members of the community, regardless of their religious affiliation.

“One of the elders in our group highlighted the grief this community is going through, riveted to the covid health situation and the violence and disease, and pointed out how it was being treated in other states and here in Omaha, but in the outskirts of Omaha and not here in the nearby community of North Omaha,” says Mitchell.

The first day of the program begins Saturday, September 17 and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All sessions are held at the Omaha Public Library at 28 and Ames.

You can register at the door or go online or call (402) 201-6629 for more information.

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