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PROGRAMS SET ON GRIEF, STRESS OF THE HOLIDAYS

Coping with fear and depression resulting from the terrorist attacks on America, grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one, and stress that is common during the holiday season will be the topics of programs offered by area churches.

A series of ecumenical meetings on "The Nature of Evil: Faith Response in a New America," will be the theme of sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and continuing each Sunday through Nov. 25 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 591 E. Main St., Springville.

The discussions, led by several area pastors, will be preceded by coffee at 6 p.m. and conclude with a short service of prayer at 7:30 p.m. To register, call 592-2153.

"Regaining the Lost Innocence of Children" will be the theme of a discussion and prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda. Panelists, including City of Tonawanda Schools Superintendent George Batterson, will suggest ways to counteract the impact of the violence that children are exposed to.

St. Paul's Catholic Church, Kenmore, will sponsor a series of grief support programs for anyone suffering the loss of a loved one from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month beginning today in the parish school, 47 Victoria Blvd.

"The Elements of Grief" will be the topic of the Rev. Richard E. Zajac, chaplain of Sisters Hospital, following the 10 a.m. Mass on Oct. 28, at St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. The talk is part of a monthly series.

Thomas Franz, a professor of counseling and educational psychology at the University at Buffalo, will discuss "Getting Through the Holidays, Coping with Grief" at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Town of Tonawanda.

Carol Wolf, a retired health care administrator who is an authority on stress reduction, will conduct a two-hour workshop on reducing the hassle and increasing the spiritual during the holiday season at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. To register call 759-6893, extension 408.

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