“Thank you for the wonderful sermon this morning and workshop yesterday. We were very blessed to have you…I had a phone call from one of the ladies, who does not attend our church, that was so grateful for the workshop. She lost her husband two months ago and thought it was the best day she has had since that day! It was very touching!”
– Suzanne Smith Snider – Huntingdon Church of Christ
This last weekend, we were visited by Dean Miller who presented his Widowhood Workshop. Simply put, it was fantastic! It was a huge blessing and I am glad the Elders of North Mission brought it here. I would suggest all churches to consider hosting this event. Dean, who is a very personal and approachable, told me he has done this workshop for as many as hundreds and also as few as 6. If we know people, there is a time coming when we will lose people. Shouldn’t we seek to prepare ourselves for this loss? Shouldn’t we also seek to train ourselves and others up to effectually help and minister to those who are going through this loss? Great workshop! Look Dean up, you will be glad you did.
– Jeff LupPlace – Minister, North Mission Church of Christ
This workshop’s format is an excellent model. Your supporting materials, banners, stand-up advertisements, notepads, etc. were top notch. Those elements reinforce the professionalism plainly seen in your presentations themselves. It all complements very well. Each session builds appropriately upon the last. I especially love the touch of humor at the start of each session that we then grow to expect by the latter sessions. Your ability to speak from experience and speak from the heart reaches the audience on levels that aren’t even registering with me. The combination of tears, smiles and nods around the room tell me this. Your use of Scripture was superb! The conversational style you chose and the opportunity for live discussion is helpful too. It is clear you’ve done your homework, as each lesson comes packed with case studies, examples, statistics, and facts that really enhance the message. The resource table with books, tracts, articles, etc. is so well done and provides on-going ministering for the times between sessions–it’s so very helpful for people wanting additional resources and resources that delve deeper. The four presentations inform without overwhelming, while the books should provide the depth at one’s personal pace. Your awareness of this key to the whole process is extremely effective. You are giving people what they need at the workshop while simultaneously giving people what they need once they leave the workshop.
– Joshua Cook, Congregational Minister, North Jackson Church of Christ
“Thank you for the ministry you are providing for those of us working through grief. Your workshop was immensely helpful in allowing me to retune my life after surviving 17 months with an out-of-focus skewed perspective that kept me wallowing in sorrow for the life that was gone without seeing the life that was in front of me ready to be lived with the same gusto I previously enjoyed with Jim.”
–Betty Sandy Smith, married 1969-2017
“This workshop was one of the most helpful events I have ever attended”
Director, Ohio Valley University Center for Church Care
“I thought the workshop was very valuable and timely. Although not a widow myself, I thought your presentation was touching even to those of us who are not in that position as yet. Personally, it caused me to evaluate my attitude and actions toward my husband so that I can make any changes I may need to make. I am guilty of sometimes taking him for granted and I can do better with that. You helped me to remember how quickly our circumstances can change and how today is the day to be the kind of wife/husband we should be.
Thank you for your presentation. I am sorry for the events that led you to this place, but just know how important your message is. I don’t enjoy the fact that I had major cancer that left my body bruised and broken (I live with many side affects of the treatment.), but I know I can use my experience to turn that pain into a blessing for others and bring glory to God just as you suggested and are doing. Thank you.”
-Colleen Leedy (Age 62)
Medina (OH) Church of Christ
“In 2010 my wife was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable form of dementia. For more than three years I watched her wither away, and, despite professional training concerning these kinds of illnesses, I was personally unprepared for the trauma of her death. I wish I had had access to the kinds of information and support offered in Dean Miller’s “Widowhood Seminar.” Especially helpful to me was the opportunity to listen to the experiences and ideas of other individuals dealing with widow and widower issues. I wish I had had those opportunities before my wife’s passing. It would have certainly helped me in my grief process.”
University City Church of Christ
“Such a wonderful series of lessons for EVERYONE! Before we had this workshop at Woodson Chapel in Nashville, some asked if it was something beneficial to those who aren’t Widowed- most definitely! The comments were so positive about what they learned, realized, and came away with after this workshop, and actions from what we learned are still evident!”
Member – Woodson Chapel Church of Christ