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Grief Resources

These congregational resources for loss and mourning have been compiled by Helen Harris, LCSW, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work.

The resources on this page include brief handouts for church leaders, longer published papers with details about other resources, and several powerpoint presentations for use in your congregation and for preparing leaders for experiences of care related to crises, loss, and mourning.

What is a Congregation to do? Grief in Family and Congregational Life
By Helen Harris; Family Ministry Vol. 17, Number 2, Summer 2003.

Illness and death, loss and grief, the need to mourn are experiences common to all families. Congregations are uniquely positioned to help congregants and members of the community with death and loss and grief. This article explores the professional literature available to congregations and pastors interested in increasing service and outreach to those who are bereaved.

What is a Congregation to Do? Dying in Family and Congregational Life
By Helen Harris; Family Ministry Vol. 17, Number 2, Summer 2003.

This article explores the professional literature available to congregations to guide helping and makes recommendations to congregations and pastors interested in increasing service and outreach to the sick and the dying.

Four Helpful Powerpoint Presentations for Church Leaders
  1. Disaster and Crisis covers ways to help those (including children) experiencing disaster, crisis management, and grief.
  2. Grief and Congregations is an introduction to grief theory and how congregations can be helpful in times of loss.
  3. Death and Grief in Congregational Ministry includes information and suggestions for ministering to persons who are dying and grieving.
  4. Complicated Mourning covers the complexities of grief that does not follow the "normal" process by discussing theory and helping principles.
Two Sets of Curriculum for Support Group Facilitation
  1. Children's Support Group This curriculum is geared for children (ages 6-12) who have experienced the death of a close loved one.
  2. Multicultural Support Group This curriculum is tailored to address the unique situations of those from diverse backgrounds who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one.
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