Ten Beliefs that Make Grief Support Groups Work


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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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

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 Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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