We offer groups for children ages 4-18 and adults who are grieving the death loss of a significant person in their life. Our groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. All of our grief support groups are free of charge.
1) Call Starlight Ministries office at 616-662-1999. We encourage the parent or guardian to make this call. The staff member who takes your call will gather basic information, answer questions you may have and discuss scheduling an intake appointment time.
2) At the intake appointment you will receive information about Starlight, requirements for participation, and what to expect at a support group. We will discuss if Starlight is the right service for your family at this time. We will also provide referrals if we are unable to provide what is needed.
3) At or after the intake appointment, if you are interested in attending group, you will need to complete and return the information form and other packet materials that need your initials or signature.
4) When we receive the paperwork, you are ready to begin attending a group.
Stories of lives restored from participants of Starlight Ministries.
I discovered Starlight Ministries in September of 2016 by God's providence. I was reading a book by Miriam Neff & learned about the Widow Retreat from the Widow Connection website. That led me to visit the Starlight website & I discovered the Peer-to-Peer groups that way. After the first meeting, both Taylor & I were comforted to know that there were other people who get what we are going through.
Taylor attended Camp Anew this past summer, & even though he was hesitant at first, he really appreciated his time there. He came home with a better outlook on his dad's passing. For that, I am grateful! Through the Peer-to-Peer group, he was able to reconnect with a former classmate. He was also able to talk about his dad's passing & work through his thoughts, feelings & emotions surrounding his dad's death. We will never be able to fully say Thank You to Starlight Ministries for all of the support they have given to Taylor & I through the different parts of their ministry.
Starlight gives us hope, because they bring others together that have kind of shared this path. They help us to understand what we’re going through, that we are not alone and we will get through this. Starlight developed their program and it’s like the church was meant to be. We come together, we share a meal and then we break off and then we break off into our age appropriate groups for small group time.
I have attended the Widow Retreat for the past two years & I come away blessed & refreshed every time. I am also thankful for the friendships that have formed from the Peer-to-Peer group at Starlight Ministries. I am grateful that there are people who I can talk to anytime who will fully understand the way that I am feeling. Starlight has been a blessing beyond comprehension to us, individually & as a family.
Starlight’s been a blessing in so many ways; the grieving process of loosing a spouse and moving forward with this journey, it’s great to have the support of community and knowing that we walk hand in hand; we’re not alone.