Our bereavement packages continue to be delivered across the country. For over 10 years we have been sending our packages. They are well recepted and in many cases the In Memoriam plaques we design for those who have lost a loved ones become a lifelong treasure. These packages have always been a gift of Benjamin Ministries and we, quite frankly, would have it no other way. As each package is valued between $45.00-$50.00 we depend on the help of generous donors for the ongoing costs and delivery of these packages.
Bereavement Respite Project:
Our second son was deployed in the US Army. He had a good life until years later when he got out. He, too, suffered from the accident.
Benjamin passed away last year from the internal issues he suffered from the pain of war. Our older boys died four years apart. We believed they needed to be with each other in heaven. We all miss them dearly.
We went to on our respite to the Braddock Point B&B in the time between their deaths. We loved the whole property. The lighthouse, bed and breakfast, and the lake view from our room.
My husband loved the security of the room and I saw searched and meditated outside by the water and the huge porch. The first evening we came back from dinner, he went to the bedroom and I stayed in the common room, still hurting and emotional from Gregory‘s death. To my surprise, we weren’t alone at the B&B. They had another guest.
She and I talked, and I found out she was a minister. I had asked her if she knew the Waterman‘s and she did not. We spent two evenings just talking about everything and nothing. I called her my earth angel.
While my husband was grieving alone, which is fine, and I do it also, I met a person I didn’t know and was able to let out all of my built up feelings that come with grief. Shockingly she had the same first name is I, Janet.
I took away from the Braddock lighthouse many positive things. It’s OK to say no and to cry. Tears our prayers when we are too weak to speak. I am on auto pilot, decision-making is not easy. My thoughts are under my control. Time helps with clarity; developing routines and working on pushing away negativity.
This respite helped me to take some bigger baby steps, and eventually I’ll be back in my grown-up shoes.
Christ-Centered Bereavement Support Groups:
The In the Light bereavement support group has been introduced and is growing in the Chili, NY area. This peer-led group is a meeting place for those who are hurting and in need a safe place to heal, bond, examine their hearts, and dive into the scriptures for treasures that will heal the very heart and soul of the bereaved. We ask that you would pray with us as we prepare to begin a second In the Light bereavement group in the Henrietta, New York area. As we see the need for new groups to begin, we will be happy to speak to local pastors to share awareness of a need that may be in their very own church and/or community and help them to establish a support group.
Gathering Support from the local church…
We are very excited to report that we have started on the journey of presenting Benjamin Ministries to local churches in order to raise awareness and support for this vital ministry. We depend on the generosities of folks who share our vision to continue in reaching out to the bereaved. We do not take any financial gift lightly as we know that the gifts and resources given to our ministry are made from sacrifices deep in the hearts of those who carry our passion for those who are grieving. There is nothing that excites us more than knowing that we are working together to offer hope to the hurting during the intense time of needed support for those who are bereaving.
To learn more about how your church or organization can partner with Benjamin Ministries, contact us and request an information packet.