Of all the experiences faced by families and individuals, the
most stressful is the loss of a loved one through death.
Granger E. Westberg, author of
Good Grief, said that while
he was working as a clergyman in a medical center, he became aware
of the fact that many people were ill as a result of some unresolved
grief. "There is a stronger relationship than we have ever thought
between illness and the way a person handles a great loss," Westberg said.
The goal of Good Grief Groups
is to create an atmosphere
in hospitals, churches, funeral homes, and other organizations
in which those who grieve can find healing. This is accomplished
through mutual support, sharing, and understanding from other members
of the group, along with the materials presented in the workbook.
The workbook is described in more detail in the
The materials are written so that the groups can be lead by
ministers, parish nurses, social workers, chaplains, Stephen’s Ministers
and others who have group leadership skills. Experience and training
in psychology and counseling is helpful, as is specific education
and experience in grief management.
Training for leaders is available
from the author.
We believe that as one is able to think, talk, write, and weep about
their loss they will be able to move beyond grief to Good Grief.
If your organization is interested in starting your own Good Grief
support group for those who are experiencing a time of loss,
contact us and we'll be happy
to help you.
Chaplain Cecil W. Fike