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About 19 years ago it became apparent to Randy L. Grimes, owner of DeMoney-Grimes, that there was a gaping hole in the service we provided to our families. We were providing meaningful services, but what were we doing to help families cope with their grief after the funeral? Slowly an idea began to form. And small steps were taken to begin reaching out to grieving families in a way no local funeral home had ever done.

First the idea of an Annual Holiday Memorial Service was born. The idea was that we would invite surviving family members and their friends to a service that would take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditionally the most difficult of holidays following a death. This service has become a time of remembrance and reflection for grieving families. It is a time when they can gather with others in community of a shared experience. The first service held about 75 people attended. Today there are two services held the first Saturday of December each year, and over 500 people attend the hour-long services.

It was not long, though, that it became even more apparent that more than a once a year service was needed to assist grieving families. A series of Holiday Helps Workshops was conceived to take place each Tuesday in November. This series of workshops was designed, once again, to help grieving families cope with the traditionally difficult holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. After only three years the overwhelming response led DeMoney-Grimes to see that more than just a once yearly memorial service and a once a year month long series of support was needed.

In 1999, Tapestries, our own in-house grief support group, began meeting on a monthly basis from February-October in our Community Room. Tapestries averages 15-20 people a month looking for skills in coping with grief. Tapestries brings together people in different stages of grief and offers help and hope for those attending. Taperstries meets the 2nd Tuesday night each month, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m in our Community Room.

In 2000, the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a grief support group for grieving parents, began looking for a new facilitator. Sharon Brockhaus, is the Chapter Leader for The Compassionate Friends which meets the 1st Thursday night each month also in the Communtiy Room from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Each session of grief support is facilitated by Sharon Brockhaus for DeMoney-Grimes. Grief support workshops are open to all who have experienced loss through death. You may be seeking support and skills for coping with unresolved grief from the loss of loved one in years past or may be journeying through grief from a loss in recent past. All are welcome. And you are welcome to attend even though DeMoney-Grimes may not have served your family at the time the death occurred.

Our grief support workshops are designed so that you may attend one, two, or all sessions since each meeting is planned in such a way as to provide information for your needs. There is no charge to attend and you will be provided with a workbook so that you can take notes and take time to reflect on your journey through grief when away from the meetings.

For younger children, Sharon has been instrumental in "The Hug-A- Bear Series" at DeMoney-Grimes. This personalized book is about a little teddy bear's journey to find meaning after the death of a loved one. The book comes with a huggable 15-inch teddy bear dressed in a t-shirt.

For more information about meeting times, call us at 260-244-5122. And if you need transportation, live in Whitley County, give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with a ride to and from the meetings.

As the need arises DeMoney-Grimes will continue to offer support to grieving families and friends in our community, those we have been privileged to serve at their time of need and those we have not. And look for updates to this page as Sharon shares her insights into the journey of grief through her "Threads of Gold" column published each month in the Post and Mail Newspaper. If you miss the article in the newspaper the articles are posted below so you won't miss a thing. Just click on the title and the article will open for you. This is just one more way the staff of DeMoney-Grimes can help you through your grief journey.

Sharon also provides one on one grief support on an at needed basis. All services are free of charge.

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