"You don't have to go through it alone" is the theme for a new program starting this fall for those who have been divorced.
Separation and divorce can be the most painful and stressful experiences a person can face. It's a confusing time where many people feel isolated and have questions about issues they have never faced before.
DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. Participants can gain access to resources to help deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding their lives.
Otterbein United Methodist Church, 602 E. Pine, Robinson, is host for the program on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning on Oct. 27.
DivorceCare groups meet weekly, and each session has two distinct elements. During the first 30 to 40 minutes of the meeting the group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in a "magazine" format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies and on-location video.
After viewing the video, participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week's video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.
The group will be facilitated by the Rev. Bessie Adams, Otterbein pastor. Many DivorceCare leaders have been through divorce themselves and are examples of the healing and restoration that can occur after the breakup of a marriage.
The program lets participants know there are people who understand the hurts, emotions and painful experiences they have gone through.
Participants will have the chance to talk about their experiences. But there is never any obligation to do so for those who don't feel like it.
"This support group is for separated or divorced people," Adams said. "Those who have been divorced for awhile and feel the need for support are welcome to attend."
Participants can come on any Sunday.
For more information go to the website www.divorcecare.org, or call the church at 544-7617. Participants are asked to use the west doors.