The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford will hold its 31st “Journey to Wholeness- Healing the Grieving Heart” Seminar, this month. This latest installment of the 8-week seminar begins on Sunday, Jan. 25 and will conclude March 15, 2015. The series has helped thousands cope with loss since it began more than 13 years ago.

Patti Williams, R.N., and certified pastoral bereavement counselor, and Virginia Waters, PhD. Psychologist, will lead the sessions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Thomson Youth Center of the church. 

Williams and Dr. Waters have offered this seminar for 14 years now, and have helped thousands of people experience healing, find a new purpose for their lives, and feel joy once again.  This is an experience like no other.

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The sessions include learning about the stages of grief and understanding the tasks of the grieving process, coping strategies, how to take care of yourself and why this is so important, the changes, challenges and choices that occur, creating cherishable memories, coping with holidays and anniversaries, and dealing with feelings of loneliness and being disconnected spiritually. A special candle light ceremony is held to remember those we have lost, which includes walking the labyrinth and a time of fellowship.

Both of the leaders and all of the facilitators have experienced loss within their lives and share from “the inside out.” It does not matter if your loss is divorce, death or job loss; loss is loss—it must be grieved. It does not matter how long ago you experienced loss. Bring family members and friends.

No fee is charged and all faiths are welcome.

To register, please call 908-709-1341. The church is located at 11 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The website is: