Grief Support Group Offered at CHI St. Luke’s Health


No matter the circumstances, grief recovery can be difficult and painful. CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial will again host GriefShare, a special seminar and support group to help members of the community to grieve in a positive way.

“Grief Share is a safe, loving environment where folks learn that they are not alone,” said Jay Gilchrist, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Vice President of Mission Integration. “Most participants find it to be a turning point in their lives.”

The 13-week GriefShare program utilizes a support group setting to assist those who are grieving the death of a loved one. This third session to be hosted by CHI St. Luke’s begins Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Rooms A&B at the Lufkin facility. Each session, guided by a local facilitator and co-facilitators, includes a video seminar and the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced similar losses.

“This faith-based program allows people to share in a family-like setting,” Gilchrist said. “The facilitators have experienced grief and have learned successful ways to help people rebuild their lives.  Participants help each other also, to walk a healing path.”

The support group provides a comfortable, safe and confidential environment and is open to the public. You do not need to pre-register to attend. You may bring a voluntary contribution to help with the cost of the workbook needed for the seminar. GriefShare is a 13-week program and will run through May 2.

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

For more information or to register for the program, please contact program facilitator Karen Norton at (936) 632-5841 or You may also visit to learn more.


Megan Whitworth
Megan Whitworth is the former creative director of Texas Forest Country Living. Growing up in East Texas, Megan discovered her love of writing at the age of 11, writing song lyrics and poetry, which turned into essays and articles for publications around East Texas. She later added photography into the mix capturing Friday night football games, the latest fashion looks, and portraits of people around the nation. Megan enjoys karaoke, blogging, reading, and road trips. She resides in Lufkin with her husband, Ryan, and two cats, Felix and Lucy.

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