Posts made in December, 2016

Funerals, Memorials and Grief Support

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Memorials and Funerals | 0 comments

Planning a Memorial Service Planning a funeral is an emotional experience. Here’s a sample order to help you get your thoughts together. Private prayer with family. Leave time before the service to meet privately as a family. Have a pastor or leader pray for strength and comfort during the service and in the months ahead. Public opening words and prayer. Have the pastor or leader open the service with some words to frame the event, thanking people for coming and reminding everyone of the hope we have through Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those...

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5 Things to Do When a Loved One Dies

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5 Things to Do When a Loved One Dies

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is confusing and disorienting. Use these five simple steps as a guide for moving forward. 1. Talk with a Pastor If you’re connected to a local church, reach out to a pastor or ministry leader for help. They can pray with you and answer some of your questions about death and grieving. And they can use the resources on this page to give you guidance in the days ahead. 2. Designate a “Planner” Planning for a funeral is time-consuming and emotional. We recommend designating a “planner” from among your friends or family – someone who is willing to take the...

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Understanding the Stages of Grief

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Grief | 0 comments

  The stages of grief were first identified by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying (Macmillan, 1991).  We grieve all losses in our lives at some level. Sometimes the process moves quickly. In other cases, the grieving process moves slowly and painfully as we try to regain a solid emotional footing. Shock or Denial This is the natural emotional defense mechanism that our mind employs to protect us from something that could overwhelm us.  The shock or denial enables our minds to adjust to and absorb our loss slowly, as our mind tells us, “Nothing has happened. My...

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