Experiencing Loss

The loss of a loved one can be one of the darkest seasons of our lives. The Psalmist knew this pain well when he penned Psalm 23:44: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. Please know that your church family and staff are here to walk with you through this journey and beyond. We know that God is present in both our living and our dying; therefore, we are comforted in difficult times.

On his deathbed, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, spoke and repeated these final words, “The best of all is, God is with us.” In ministry with those who are dying, United Methodists continue to share that good news. In our life and in our death, the best of all is, God is with us.

For more information or to speak to a pastor contact Jeanette Tumino at jeanettet@tmumc.org.

Additional Resources

Experiencing Loss
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Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service for Your Loved One or Yourself

We know the loss of a loved one can be one of the most challenging seasons of our lives. In some cases we have weeks or months to prepare, frequently the loss is sudden and plans have to be made in the midst of heart ache and chaos. In an effort to ease the pain a bit our Congregational Care Ministry has put together a funeral planning resource booklet we hope you will find helpful.

The booklet contains resources that can apply in any setting : an outline for planning a service, a guide to help making your own service wishes known, as well as Hymn and Scripture suggestions.

Some of the information is unique to Trietsch and covers step by step details on planning a service at Trietsch. 

If this booklet sparks any questions you may have please feel free to reach out to Jeanette Tumino at jeanettet@tmumc.org or Rev. Doug Meyer at dougm@tmumc.org.

Paper copies are available at the church Information Center.

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Coping With Loss Grief Seminar

The Grief Seminar, Coping with Loss, provides participants with opportunities to understand the emotional and physical dynamics of grief. Led by trained grief facilitators, you'll learn about the grief process, share with others, give and receive support and develop healthy coping skills and activities. We will help you decrease a sense of isolation and increase a sense of normalcy through contact with others in similar situations and share personal experiences within a safe, caring and understanding environment.  This seminar is 5 weeks in duration and is free of cost.

2020 Dates
Due to COVID-19 our May Grief Seminar has been cancelled.

  • September 17 - October 15 

To register or for information about our next seminar, please contact Jeanette Tumino at jeanettet@tmumc.org, call the church office at 972-539-8547 or contact Rev. Doug Meyer at dougm@tmumc.org.

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Loss Support Groups

Single Souls: widow/ widower support group
This widow/widower support group meets the 1st Friday of each month in room 121, located one floor down from the Main Entrance. The group is ongoing and open to all.

Breathe: Support group for loss of spouse/ partner
We are a local support group composed of widows and widowers, resolved to create and provide a compassionate and safe environment for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner. Breathe meets monthly on the last Thursdays of each month from 7-9 pm in room 292 at Trietsch. Contact Cindy Gullo at crgullo@gmail.com for more information.

Coping With Loss Grief Recovery Seminars
Held quarterly. In this five-week seminar led by trained grief facilitators, you’ll learn about the grief process, share with others, give and receive support and develop healthy coping skills and activities. RSVP to jeanettet@tmumc.org

Handling the Holidays Grief Seminar
Learn how to celebrate a holiday while grieving, which can be bittersweet experience with mixed emotions. Held each November. RSVP to jeanettet@tmumc.org.

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