Grief Support

The Bible teaches us about the love of God for the world he created from beginning to end.  We know the familiar words from John 3:16: "For God so loved the world. . ."  And we confess that God is love (1 John 4:8).  One of God's mysterious and wonderful gifts is that we too may know love.  We give love.  We receive love.  From the moment we're born to the moment we die, we give and receive love.  And while this doesn't always happen that easily, and there are all sorts of bumps along the way, we are given glimpses into the depths of God's love in Christ as we enjoy the gift of love with the people in our lives.  It is a sad irony that the greatest pain we may feel is when someone we love so deeply dies.  The relationship that brought so much joy now brings much pain. 

We at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church have made a commitment to caring for people who are going through the wilderness of grief after the death of a loved one.  This commitment comes out of a need in our community, and it comes out of our love for those around us.  We have a desire to help those in need, to walk alongside them, and to assist them in moving out of the darkness of grief and into the light of continued living with hope and love. 

Currently we provide the the following services and resources for grieving people or caregivers:

  • We co-facilitate a grief and loss support group with Community Links (find registration information HERE).
  • We offer occasional 8-week support groups (find information HERE)
  • Our pastor, Rev Darren Dressler, is available for one-on-one pastoral counselling (with a focus on grief) or for presentations and workshops
    • Pastor Dressler is Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement (see for more information on this credential) and has received a Certificate in Death and Grief Studies from the Center For Loss and Life Transition (