GriefShare is a support group that seeks to provide help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. It’s for people of all ages, in any stage of the grief process.


GriefShare support groups are led by people who understand what you’re going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.

Each week, your group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. Then, you’ll spend time discussing what was presented, and sharing what’s going on in your lives.

During the week, you’ll have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process, and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook.


  1. Is This Normal?
    1. You’ll discover why your grief experience is harder than you imagined
    2. Why the intensity and duration of your emotions are normal and appropriate
    3. Despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope
  2. Challenges of Grief
    1. You’ll learn more eye-opening reasons why your pain is so overwhelming
    2. Some of the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit
    3. How to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy
  3. The Journey of Grief – Part One
    1. You’ll learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief
    2. How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief
    3. How long the journey of grief typically lasts
  4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two
    1. You’ll learn why it’s important to put effort into your healing
    2. How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief
    3. The best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings
  5. Grief and Your Relationships
    1. You’ll find out how the death of a loved one affects your friendships
    2. Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse
    3. How to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief
  6. Why?
    1. This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him
    2. Why being honest with God is an expression of faith
    3. What God has to say to you about your “why” questions
  7. Guilt and Anger
    1. You’ll learn how to deal with false guilt
    2. How to grieve conflicted relationships
    3. How to handle grief-related anger
  8. Complicating Factors
    1. You’ll begin to see how traumatic experiences affect grief
    2. How to deal with nightmares and flashbacks
    3. How your thinking affects your emotions
  9. Stuck
    1. You’ll discover how to prevent getting stuck in grief
    2. Common misconceptions that hinder healing
    3. Why your path to healing isn’t always smooth
  10. 10. Lessons of Grief – Part One
    1. You’ll become aware of an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful
    2. Why going to church can be so difficult
    3. The benefits of helping others
  11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two
    1. This session provides a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone
    2. Why no one grieves perfectly
    3. What grief can teach you about relationships
  12. Heaven
    1. Session 12 answers questions about heaven and the afterlife, such as what heaven is like
    2. Whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one
    3. Whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven
    4. And many more
  13. What Do I Live for Now?
    1. You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity
    2. Why it’s a process
    3. Why peace and pain will always coexist


James and Leah Mattila have been married for 31 years. They have five children—four sons and one daughter. God has additionally blessed them with four grandchildren and another on the way. Through their parenting years, they have led Bible studies and have been involved with multiple youth ministries.

In 2014, they lost their firstborn son, Logan, at the age of 24. Intensely grieving and trying to keep their heads above the waves, they joined a GriefShare group in the winter of 2015. There they found hope and healing with others who understood loss. They joined another group in the winter of 2017.

Today, they are thankful that they have been able to mourn their son deeply and have found joy again. Now, God has called them to facilitate a GriefShare group at Summit View Church. They want to offer this same process of hope and healing for others who have lost a loved one.

Do you have questions about GriefShare? Contact us.

James and Leah Matilla
Leah: (360) 901-1236
James: (360) 921-0846