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DivorceCare program offers support and time for sharing

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LINDA Tuininga has never been through a divorce, but she knows that it's hard to talk about.

That's why the North Kildonan woman has decided to take action and get those dealing with it to open up.

Starting this week, Tuinina is leading a Christian-based seminar and support group called DivorceCare at Covenant Christian Reformed Church. The 13-week video series produced in the United States deals will all aspects of divorce.

"It addresses loneliness, depression, anger, new relationships, children, money and reconciliation," says Tuininga. "Sort of the whole gamut of emotions."

This is the second year that Tuininga, the wife of a pastor at the Knowles Avenue church, has held the DivorceCare seminar. She was inspired to seek out the series after a close family member went through divorce.

"I realize the incredible pain involved in divorce," she says. "I realized there was very little care for people going through the experience."

Tuininga says while the video series definitely comes from a Christian perspective, anyone going through divorce can benefit from the series, which features a variety of experts speaking on the subject.

Meetings will take place at Covenant Church every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 98:30 p.m. A church member who has been through divorce will co-host the seminars. Discussion will follow, though Tuininga says attendees aren't obligated to share more than they are comfortable with.

But she says most people find the sharing aspect the most beneficial.

"Just knowing that you're with people who are going through the same experience is helpful," says Tuininga.

For more information on DivorceCare, call Tuininga at 338-7502. Seminars are free of charge, but donations are welcome.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 24, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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