Newsmakers Making A Difference: Reverend Gloria Randolph, GGG Ministries

Lisa Fielding
October 18, 2018 - 7:25 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's a Monday in Hazel Crest and the Reverend Gloria Randolph welcomes another client into her home and onto her couch.

"Tell me what's been going on with you Cassandra?"

Today she's counseling Cassandra Mhoon, who lost her husband Tony suddenly a year ago August.

"He was my best friend, he was my soul mate, he was my everything," she cried. "He died of a pulmonary embolism. He was only 54-years old."

You could say Randolph knows a thing or two about grief.

"Twenty-nine years ago on this day, my son Sean was murdered," she recalls. "He was 21-years old on leave from Jackson State. He went to California and he was in a hospitality suite. There were two other young men there. One of them was a schizophrenic. He took a knife out of a block of cheese and stabbed my son, and killed him. That was the most devastating thing that ever happened to me."

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She said the grief was unbearable.

"I didn't think I was going to make it. I didn't know where to go for help. My church was supportive and I had friends, but who's really there for you? If someone hasn't had that experience, they really don't know how to minister to you."

Randolph also lost her youngest son, John, an Emmy award winning journalist, to illness in 2010, and her grandson was killed in a car accident in New Orleans in 2014.

Those events, she said, lead her to her calling: helping others with grief through her ministry.

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"I decided to do something on my own after Sean died. I started with 15 women who lost their children to murder. It was through ministering those women, that I got healed myself."

In 1997, she began Giving God the Glory Ministries. Her home serves as the backdrop for bereavement sessions. She also holds support circles through her church. Over the years, she's helped hundreds find hope and healing.

"My sessions are about two hours. For about an hour I let them talk then we talk to each other. Because of my experience, I'm hope to people because I've lost two children and a grandchild. For me it has been such a learning experience. I've been able to translate my learning into my living," she said.

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For Mhoon, she said Randolph's sessions have literally saved her life.

"My whole life changed in 13 days. I didn't think I would ever make it out of bed the pain was so great. I was just trying to make it. I didn't want to live anymore," Mhoon recalls.

"I've come a long way, a very, very long way. I've made a lot of progress. I don't think I would still want to be here and I don't even know if I would be here if it wasn't for Reverend Gloria. I just know I wouldn't be where I'm at today if it wasn't for her."

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Randolph said the pain of loss will always be there, but serving the community and helping others has helped her heal and in the process find her own mission.

"I don't have pain anymore and that's a goal for all of my clients is that one day you won't have that pain. You will always remember, you will have tears on special days, this is my special day, but you don't have the pain. So I'm grateful that my purpose is now greater than my pain."

Randolph also created the John/Sean Memorial Scholarship Awards in the name of her sons that are given to graduating seniors.

Giving God the Glory Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping individuals in need. For more information, log onto gggministries.com

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