Life is full of ups and downs, happy and sad times. If you or a loved one are dealing with heartbreak due to death, divorce, or any number of other losses or if you are walking along side someone dealing with some form of loss, this workshop is for you.
During this time you will explore loss and grief experiences, create a way to find help in the process, and learn to recognize the stumbling blocks to healing.
Join author John Chuchman and Gina Pollard, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, for a day of discovery and reflection on how we can help ourselves and others, not only survive the tough times but in fact, grow in making our way through them.
Free-Will Offerings will be gratefully accepted.
Gina Pollard is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Life Transition Coach. Her focus is in helping people deal with grief and loss, past abuse issues, and moving into new life stages. Her experience in leading Mending the Soul abuse support groups, and providing pastoral care gives her a deep understanding what it means to feel deep pain, need a glimmer of hope, and do the work to have a fulfilling life.
A self-described “hope junkie,” Gina continues to journey with others, helping them to validate the whole of who they are in the world and in their lives. Gina earned her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. In addition to her coaching and recovery practice, she also works at Fuller Seminary Arizona helping to provide spiritual formation for seminary students.
John Chuchman, MA CDOS
While still employed with Ford Motor Company(1959-1992) John began volunteering with Hospice of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1990. To his amazement, he was of help to men who had lost their wives and so upon retirement in 1992, John continued on his Hospice work with Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona, and North Country Hospice in Kalkaska, Michigan. John was awarded a Certificate in Spirituality from Kino Institute in Phoenix, and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. John’s Master’s Thesis was "Forgiveness; A Key to Grief Healing", a synopisis of which was published in Bereavement magazine.
In July, 2010, John was ordained a Priest of The Catholic Diocese of One Spirit, CDOS. From retirement to date, John has conducted Grief Support Groups, Seminars, Retreats,and In-Service Programs for Hospices and Church Groups of all denominations all across the country. He has written 17 books with Sacred Quest; Growth Through Loss and Love, containing all the slides and handouts used in his workshops. More and more, John has been receiving requests for workshops and retreats on Spirituality and Spiritual Nurturing. John and his wife Marilyn live six months each in Northern Michigan and in Arizona. With one son Mark, passing in 2006 at age 46, they enjoy their other three children and their grandchildren. may be reached via email at email@example.com.