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Helping Churches Respond To Their Members In Grief By Providing A Grief Recovery Seminar
by Lang, Kenneth, D.Min., Biola University, 2012, 256; 3557239
Abstract (Summary)

The loss of a loved one is a challenging event in the lives of everyone. Each individual must deal with grief and grief recovery. The Western culture has difficulty in dealing with loss and grief. In addition, churches are inadequate in helping their members who are in grief: helping them recover, find meaning, and have an enduring connection with their loved one as they embark on a new life.

In order to determine if churches can be equipped to provide support during the grief recovery process, this research project focused on training members of Calvary Chapel of Syracuse in the process of grief and grief recovery. The seminar was based on two things. First, a comprehensive review of the Bible was completed to reveal what it says about death, grief, and comfort. Then, a review of the literature dealing with grief and grief recovery was completed that provided insight into the common experience of those in grief, the process of grief recovery, and how individuals find meaning and embark on a new life without their loved one.

Using quantitative research methods, this project examined the participants of a grief and grief recovery seminar. The participants completed surveys that were assessed using recognized statistical procedures to determine if a seminar could adequately prepare them to work with individuals in grief.

The results of this research project provide a way to assess the use of a seminar for equipping church members to work with individuals in grief and recommendations on how this process can be enhanced.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, Kent, Johnson, Rex
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Pastoral Counseling, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Churches, Death, Grief, Recovery
Publication Number: 3557239
ISBN: 978-1-303-00169-7
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