"Experiencing life together." That's a popular phrase when it comes to descriptions of small-groups ministry. But when you stop to think about it, it's kind of an ominous phrase, as well. That's because the experiences of life are often tough to handle.
Simply put, if a small group becomes a place of true community, then the people within that group will need to deal with tragedy. And in order to do so in a way that empathizes, supports, and encourages, group leaders will need to be trained on what to do (and what not to do). These articles can help.