In the spirit of the Sanctuary, Moo’s Corner will be host each Thursday from 12pm to 1pm to the Downeast 12-Step Bereavement Support Group, based on the Fellowship of the Spirit 12-Step Program. While this is a ZOOM meeting at this time, we welcome you to physically join from Moo’s Corner with your own device. ZOOM connection information may be found in the Meeting Format link here.
The group’s primary purpose is to provide a way for interested people to study a 12-Step program and gain a new relationship with their experience of the loss of a loved one.
In this meeting, we take turns reading a short, relevant passage. After we have finished the reading for the day, each person can share their experience, strength and hope about what we read, or discuss passages that were meaningful to them.
We welcome everyone and anyone can speak.
We are currently reading from the daily reader HEALING AFTER LOSS by Martha Whitmore Hickman
THE TWELVE STEPS
These guiding steps are an adaptation of those in the AA Big Book, AlAnon “Courage to Change” and those found at Grieving Anonymous — https://www.grievinganonymous.org
Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our loss — that our grieving and lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2– Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3– Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless inventory of all unresolved matters pertaining to our loss.
Step 5 – Admitted to God, ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of those unresolved matters, emotions and conflicts.
Step 6– Were entirely ready to have God remove these conflicts.
Step 7 – Humbly asked God to remove these conflicts and the torment of loss.
Step 8– Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and/or the subject of our loss and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 – Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we felt grief or loss, promptly admitted it.
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others who have experienced loss and struggle with great grieving in their life and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
SOURCE — AlAnon, AA & https://www.grievinganonymous.org/step-twelve
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