Preview of Module 110
Grief journeys can become especially difficult when the griever is contending with or part of a dysfunctional family. False assumptions, accusations, anger, bitterness and rejection really complicate the grief journey.
In Module 110, we have the insight and wisdom of Greg Trammel, LMHC, as he reflects on grief and the dysfunctional family. His years of counseling and practical understanding of the issues are invaluable resources.
Session 1 – Families Have Differences
Families can be a joy and families can have differences. Grieving is no exception. Every family member has a different personality. Every family member has a different perspective. When we add grief in the mix the differences can become greatly enhanced. In this session we share how important it is not to assume all family members will grieve or be willing to assist in the same way.
Session 2 – Families Have Disagreements
Added to the pain and sorrow of grief is when different personalities within the family have intensive and insensitive suggestions and demands. Grief causes the griever to discern where they fit into the family hierarchy and what decisions are rightfully theirs to make. Disagreements become obvious when the one person responsible for the funeral plans does not privately or publicly set boundaries. Mentors will need to become sensitive to the family dynamics, not choosing sides, and mentoring to the person where they are—not where others “think they ought to be.”
Session 3 – Families Can Reconcile
Grief mentors are not therapists or counselors, and when family dynamics become uncontrollable, the mentor should suggest professional counseling—again without choosing family sides.