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Title: PPT08011 Subject: Overcoming Grief Author: Gregory L. Swango Last modified by: Gregory L. Swango Created Date: 1/2/2008 4:28:32 PM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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OVERCOMING GRIEF
1Corinthians 1553-57
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OVERCOMING GRIEF
This is the fourth in a five part sermon series
on overcoming certain personal problems
1. Overcoming Anxiety. 2. Overcoming
Loneliness. 3. Overcoming Anger. 4. Overcoming
Grief. 5. Overcoming Guilt.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Introduction
Grief is universal and is felt by every person
during the course of a lifetime. Any kind of
loss and bring about grief. Tonight, how to cope
with (overcome) grief. The first half of the
lesson will have several scripture references,
and the second half will be practical in nature.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Bible and Grief
A. Christ has changed the meaning of
grieving. B. Note the following that give hope
comfort in death (1Th 414,17,18 1Cor.
1552-57 Heb. 214,15 Jn. 1125,26 2Cor.
56-8). C. Christ has demonstrated the
importance of grieving (Mt. 54 2638 Jn.
1135). D. Even for the Christian, grief is
normal and healthy. But it, also can be
pathological and unhealthy.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Normal
Normal grief would include 1. Intense sorrow,
pain, loneliness, anger, or depression. 2. Physi
cal symptoms and changes in interpersonal
relationships. 3. A period of deprivation and
transition which can last up to 3 yrs.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Abnormal
Abnormal grief would, include 1. A delay in
grieving, hyperactivity, a giving up
attitude. 2. Helplessness and hopelessness, with
intense guilt. 3. Strong self-condemnation,
extreme social withdrawal, or moodiness. 4. Anti
social behavior, excessive drinking, and
suicidal threats.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Effects of Grief
The most commonly observed reactions to
grief 1. CRYING. This expresses
deep feelings and releases tension. 2. RESTLESSN
ESS. Including sleep disturbances.
3. DEPRESSION. Withdrawal and extreme
sadness.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Grief Cycle
First Stage SHOCK. 1. From the point of death
until after the funeral. 2. Symptoms of
unawareness, shortness of breath, disbelief and
sometimes nausea. 3. Get the bereaved to accept
the death and vent hostilities.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Grief Cycle
Second Stage FANTASY. 1. From the funeral
until 6 weeks to 3 months. 2. The bereaved
relives many experiences (daydreams a
lot). 3. Becomes upset over seemingly foolish
things.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Grief Cycle
Third Stage CATHARSIS. 1. Begins about 2 to 3
months after funeral. 2. Bereaved has crying
spells, nervous periods, etc. 3. Very anxious
and very talkative. Fear and anxieties can be
dispelled by talking it through. 4. Will show
much hostility toward the church, family, and
others that are close. 5. Feelings of inadequacy
and insecurity may turn into guilt.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Grief Cycle
Fourth Stage SELECTIVE MEMORIES. 1. Some
physical disorders such as gastritis, insomnia,
etc. 2. Feelings of hurt, loneliness, and
recalling of important events. 3. Possible
withdrawal from common group activities.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF The Grief Cycle
Fifth Stage ACCEPTANCE. 1. Can come as early
as 6 months or a year depending on factors
surrounding the death. 2. Can take up to 3-5
years if the bereaved was extremely close to the
deceased.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Counseling Prevention
Before the time of death. Some things you can do
are 1. Develop healthy attitudes in the
home. 2. Clarify family relationships. 3. Build
friendships. 4. Have various recreational
activities. 5. Learn to handle the little
crises.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Counseling Prevention
At the time of death. Some things to
do 1. Communicate the news calmly, firmly, and
not too slowly. 2. Giving support by just being
there you dont have say much. 3. Plan the
funeral to please both the deceased and the
bereaved.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Counseling Prevention
After the time of death. Some things to
do 1. Be present and available. 2. Make it
known that the expression of feelings is good
and acceptable in your presence. 3. Be a
receptive, careful listener and expect outbursts
of emotion. 4. Provide practical help rather
than theological explanations. 5. Do not
discourage grieving rituals. 6. Pray for the
bereaved and comfort them with Scripture.
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OVERCOMING GRIEF Conclusion
A. Grieving is a good thing. It is
psychologically healthy, and spiritually
correct. B. Focus attention on Jesus, who will
allow our grieving to be as easy and brief as
possible. C. Be patient and allow the bereaved
to work through all the stages and cycles of the
grieving process.
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