In the Name of God – How Faith Communities Can Support the Bereaved

Greet Grief

The words of his story stick in his throat as Roger tries to swallow his emotions.  His wife Elaine has died four months ago; the fresh pain being unleashed as he finds a willing listener in me.

Elaine had been chronically ill before her death, but Roger’s role as caregiver has ended abruptly.  Two weeks after her funeral, he finds himself in need of his own caregiver when he falls and breaks his leg, requiring surgery and rehabilitation.

Some of it is a blur as he tries to retrace the facts; but one thing is adamantly clear as his voice deepens and he stands tall saying, “I will never go back to my church as long as I live!”

Digging deeper into his story, Roger tells me the priest didn’t call or visit him while hospitalized.  There wasn’t a follow-up call to check on him after the funeral, nor any…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., CT

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontology Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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