In order to make a grief support group successful, first the group’s facilitators must be sold on the fact that mourners can heal when given comfort, support, encouragement and time. Then second facilitators must be able to sell group participants on the belief that finding hope and healing in grief is possible.
In order to be effective a grief support group facilitator should believe the following principles:
- A person in grief does not have an illness or mental/emotional disorder that needs to be diagnosed and cured.
- Grief is a natural internal response to the loss of someone significant in our life.
- Mourning is the outward behavior that is our response to the grief inside us. Grief is a process, a journey, not a one-time event.
- Mourners have the innate ability to work through the pain of grief and move toward healing.
- The work of grief is facilitated when the mourner is given…
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