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GRIEF Talking Points • There are several theories relating to grief. Each theory recognizes that individuals grieve in their own way. Some people express feelings while others may not ever cry. Acknowledging & talking about emotions helps with the healing process. • William Worden’s model of bereavement describes four tasks of grief. Many people find that they move through the tasks at their own pace & revisit some tasks more than once. These tasks begin when a person moves deeper into acceptance of the meaning of the relationship & the significance of the loss in their life. This acceptance usually reveals a range of emotions such as anger, hopelessness, depression, guilt, fears, etc. Working through these emotions & pain is the second task. The third task consists of redefining one’s life through the development of skills that will help build confidence, & assist in adjusting to a life without the deceased person. The final task consists of continuing a meaningful life while remaining connected to the deceased in an appropriate way (Worden, 2008). • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, states the five stages of mourning & grief. These stages include: denial & isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In your bereavement, you will spend varying lengths of time working through each step, expressing each stage with different levels of intensity. The stages don’t occur in a specific order. You will often move between stages before achieving a peaceful acceptance of death.  Scriptures Psalm 23 Isaiah 43:1-3 Romans 8 Matthew 11:28-30

1 Corinthians 15 John 14:1-7 Revelation 21

Prayer Heavenly Father, Thank you for your presence in my life. There are moments I see your touch, when grief is more than I can bare. This gives me hope. I need your grace and strength to help me move forward. Lord, thank you for letting me be honest with you about my feelings, fears, and frustrations. Walk with me, one day at a time. Help me to experience your presence in this time & live into the memories. Thank you for eternity. Amen.  Online Resources • • • • - contact [email protected] for a link to join Bay Hope Church has a grief resource library, contact [email protected] for more information. Contact [email protected] to learn more about our Grief Care Community at Bay Hope Church. Local Counselors Life Connections Counseling Center 813.265.3859

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