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Grief can be a very powerful and overwhelming experience that changes your life. Understanding and compassion from others can take you on a journey of discovering healing and meaning in your life again.



Wednesdays, February 6-April 24 • 12:30-2:00 PM • Room 224

Rev. Scott Simpson is offering a Grief Education Class on understanding your grief to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one—one of life’s most difficult and stressful experiences. Immediately following the conclusion of the class on April 24, Rev. Simpson will facilitate a support group for members of the class who are interested in participating. Reservations are requested by January 30 by contacting Rev. Simpson (210-271-2712) or Lisa Snow (210-271-2760).


“During the days and weeks following my husband’s death, I had wonderful support from family, friends and especially my church. Rev. Scott Simpson told me about a grief workshop he was having and I decided to join. The small group was a safe and comforting place to talk, question and cry at times. When the class ended I knew I had walked through this journey of grief with good friends who understood. I will always be grateful for the time I spent with the class and Scott’s comforting counsel.”   – Janet Wernli

“I recently participated in the “Understanding Your Grief” class led by Scott Simpson. The material was excellent and Scott did a wonderful job with those of us walking through the process of the loss of loved ones. I highly recommend the class for anyone going through that difficult time.”   – Butch Gerfers





Rev. Scott Simpson : scotts@fpcsat.org – 210-837-0228
Lisa Snow: lisas@fpcsat.org – 210-271-2753

Grief is a powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotion. The reaction to losing a loved one can be as individual as any other human response. Life After Loss is a support group program of the Ecumenical Center designed to help bereaved people better understand the grief process, their emotions, and how to cope with them.  The combination of teaching, discussion and learning activities are used in the Life After Loss groups.

Rev. Scott Simpson, a bereavement specialist trained in grief work will guide the sessions.  The sessions are open to those who have experienced the death of a loved one, and there is no charge for this service.

Anyone needing more information on Life After Loss can call Rev. Scott Simpson at 210-226-0215 ext. 212.






When Death Approaches
When Death Has Occurred


General Grief
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner
Thoughts for the Lonely Nights, by Doug Manning
Seven Choices, by Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Ph.D.
The Soul in Grief, by Robert Romanyshyn
Tear Soup, by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

Grief and Spirituality
Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, by John Claypool
A Grace Disguised, by Gerald Sittser

Loss of a Spouse
Widowed, by Dr. Joyce Brothers

Loss of a Child
The Disappearance, by Genevieve Jurgensen
A Broken Heart Still Beats, by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel
Finding Hope When a Child Dies, by Sukie Miller, Ph.D.
The Bereaved Parent, by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered A Miscarriage, Stillborn or Tubal Pregnancy, by Pamela W. Vredvelt
Pregnancy, by Pamela W. Vredvelt

Loss of a Parent
Midlife Orphan, by Jane Brooks
Motherless Daughters, by Hope Edelman

Friends Helping Friends
The Last Thing We Talk About, by Joseph Bayly
When Your Friend is Grieving, by Paula D’Arcy
Don’t Ask for the Dead Man’s Golf Clubs, by Lynn Kelly

Men and Grief
Swallowed by a Snake, by Thomas R. Golden
Men’s Secret Wars, by Patrick A. Means

Dealing with Suicide
My Son…My Son: A Guide to Healing After a Suicide in the Family, by Iris Bolton and Curtis Mitchell
Restore My Soul, by Lorraine Peterson

Helping Children with Grief
Talking about Death, by Earl Grollman
Part of Me Died, Too, by Virginia Lynn Fry

Books for Children and Teenagers
The Hurt, by Teddi Doleski
The Next Place, by Hanson
Daddy’s chair, by Sandy Lanton
Somebody Special Died, by Joan Singleton Prestine
Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins, by Enid Traisman and Ben Sieff