All are welcome to gathering for grief

Losing a loved one is a life-changing experience, but fellowship can help. The John O. Akinloye, Jr., Foundation will be having a gathering on Saturday, April 16, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

“Guest speakers, pastoral support, food and lots of joy” are promised at the Vanderveer Street Church of Christ Fellowship Hall from 1-4 p.m., said Cynthia Akinloye-Hall, president of the foundation that bears her son’s name.

“Three years ago, I lost my son suddenly and I know firsthand that dealing with the loss of a child can be devastating,” Akinloye-Hall said. “The love never ends and the longing doesn’t cease when people fade away.”

The loss is made even more difficult because people expect the grieving person to “move on,” she said. The gathering is meant to be a chance for people to be open and share their thoughts and feelings about the person they’ve lost.

“You can honor your loved one through song, poem, speech, or music,” Akinloye-Hall said. “Come and express your heart because you matter and your loved one matters.”

Pastors will be on hand to offer spiritual support.

The Vanderveer Street Church of Christ is located at 102 S. Vanderveer St., Burnet. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, contact Cynthia Akinloye-Hall at 512-265-4495 or

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