Moving America Forward

One Man’s Mission to Help Others Grow Through Grief

January 15, 2020
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One Man’s Mission to Help Others Grow Through Grief
After he lost his son, he found healing through the GriefShare program. Now, he’s helping others do the same.

Bruce is no stranger to grief. He lost his father to a work accident, then his son, a Marine, died in a motorcycle accident one day after re-entering civilian life. Bruce sank into a depression, cutting himself off from everyone and everything.

He saw counselors and read self-help books, and finally drove to a church more than an hour away to attend a GriefShare program he had read about. Talking with others who had also lost loved ones made him feel a little better — or, at least, a little less alone. 

As Bruce continued to heal, he wanted to give that peace to others. He started a GriefShare program in his church. He believes everyone’s pain is easier to bear when they can also share hope and comfort.

This article was created by Weave: The Social Fabric Project of the Aspen Institute. Weave supports people who live in a way that puts relationships and community first. These “Weavers” lead with love and defy a culture of hyper-individualism that has left Americans feeling more lonely, distrustful and divided than ever. See their stories and learn more here.