Preview of Module 106
Grief can become very complicated. If the griever could just deal with the grief, things might go along rather smoothly. Unfortunately grievers experience all types of interactions to grief and things can become very difficult. Modules 106 and 107 will specifically deal with some of the reasons and examples of complicated grief.
Session 1 – When and Why Grief Becomes Complicated
When we mentor people in their journey of grief we are going to meet grievers who sometimes get “bogged down” in all sorts of personal challenges that inhibit their journey of grief. When this occurs, the griever can become not only “stuck” in the process, but incapable of dealing with their personal grief. We will share how the griever’s journey became complicated, and share ways to enable the griever to restart their journey of grief.
John and Mary Halbert both experienced the traumatic loss of their spouse. In their hurt and grief the Lord would bring alongside many encouragers. The greatest encouragement the Lord would have in their individual lives would be to bring the two of them together to form a new marriage and to bless them in their new journey of life.
Session 2 – Issues of Delayed Grief
It is not unusual for the griever to decide not to grieve, delaying their journey by weeks, months, even years. Delayed grief becomes complicated grief when the griever, whether by choice or not, delays the grieving process until a more “convenient time.”
Ann Fisher’s grief journey consists of her grief over her adult son who died of AIDS. Ann reflects back on her church family as they ministered to both her and her son, and then at his death came alongside and ministered to her in her journey of grief.
Session 3 – Chronic Grief
Session 3 shares some of the emotional issues that cause the griever to not be able to move on in their grief journey. Chronic grief occurs when the griever stays where they are in the grief process, experiencing grief time and time again.