Grief

Empowering clinical staff to provide spiritual care for patients with life limiting illness and their family members under hospice cleveland county care

Author
Terry Pinkney Floyd
Abstract
Staff members at Hospice Cleveland County struggle to provide quality spiritual care to dying patients or their family members because the staff members are not trained chaplains. Staff members tend to fall back on "pat" answers that can sometimes cause the patient or family members to have even more unresolved spiritual issues.

This project sought to determine whether or not hospice staff could become more empowered to give quality spiritual care by being introduced to the basics of pastoral care to the dying and their families. Information was shared by way of presentations; practical experience was gained by role-playing and shadowing.

The pre-test/post-test scores indicate that the participants learned the basic theology of pastoral care to dying patients and their families. There was enthusiastic verbal affirmation of the process, including the desire to repeat the project for a longer period of time. Individual growth of the vast majority of the participants, as a result of the project, has resulted in better care of the patients and more job satisfaction for the participants.

Equipping selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills

Author
Michael Baker
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills. The project director seeks to fulfill three goals for this project. First, to determine the skills necessary for effective grief ministry, he plans to research the field of grief ministry as it applies to ministering to families that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The second goal is to develop a workshop that will equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church with grief ministry skills. The third goal is to present the workshop to the selected adults so that they will be better equipped to minister effectively to grieving families.

The teaching methodology to implement the project included lectures, multimedia presentations, group sessions, and case studies. The project director evaluated the selected adult in the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Using a post-workshop evaluation, the participants evaluated the project director’s instructional skills.

Equipping Selected Members of New Palestine Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi, To Minister to Families Experience Loss Due to Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

Author
Joshua H Braddy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of New Palestine Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi, to minister to families experiencing loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. The project director researched in the field of grief ministry to integrate essential ministry skills. The project director used the results of the research to created lesson plans and curriculum to equip selected members in grief ministry skills. The equipping of the selected members took place in a workshop setting. The project director started the project with research and ended with the equipping of the selected embers. The project director authenticated the research through evaluation and expert enlistment.

Non-death related grief: The church's responsibility to assist in the healing process

Author
Nickol K Calhoun
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what degree a select group of people within the Fusion Church of Lexington, Ohio understood the influences ungrieved losses have upon their lives. The project design incorporated a twenty-four-question survey used to measure their responses. The most prominent finding was found in goal one: Majority of the participants felt they were tolerant of grievers during their time of loss. However, they felt they were not accepted when they grieved their losses. The unexpected outcome was participants of this survey realized they were not aware of their own personal biases toward grieving.

Equipping selected leaders of Sisters Baptist Church, Sandersville, Georgia, in personal grief ministry skills

Author
Jimm C Casey
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to train selected leaders in personal grief ministry traits. The program emphasized a team approach to grief ministry that, when implemented, enables church members to meet the needs of the grieving. A pre-test/post-test was designed and employed with results showing significant differences. The results were attributed to the training of the selected members. The recommendation of these members was for this program to be implemented within the church to train more members in personal grief ministry traits.

The impact of attachment to God and resilience in an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) after experiencing the separation loss event of leaving home

Author
Gilbert L Kinch
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis was to investigate whether an Adult Third Culture Kid's (ATCK's) attachment to God was based on their faith and their resilience level was associated with the type of grief process experienced after transition back into the passport culture. This grief was experienced after leaving home in their host country from the loss produced by the unavailability of attachments that anchored their lives. The primary focus of the study was to determine whether or not there were correlations between attachment to God, resilience, and grief. This research, using correlation analysis supported the hypothesis that there are correlations.

Impacting emotional well-being: small group experience at Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas

Author
Morris K Isara
Abstract
This project measured the impact that the emotionally healthy church workbook had upon the emotional well-being of ten participants. A Likert Scale and a series of open ended questions measured the impact that this resource had upon the participants. The findings revealed that although this resource made a positive impact upon the participants' well-being, it did not adequately attend to the subject of grieving losses through lament. The importance of lament in the process of grief is not widely understood. Therefore, the author explored the depths of this subject and the impact that it can have upon emotional well-being.

Helping churches care: expressing grief in Protestant Evangelical churches

Author
Cindy R Wallace
Abstract
The researcher used qualitative methods to analyze the grief experiences of Protestant Evangelical church members to explore what part their church played in providing grief support. Open-ended interviews were conducted with five people with diverse grief experiences from the Protestant Evangelical, specifically Baptist, faith tradition. The results of the study found that most people depended on family and close friends as their primary source of support. Some felt supported by their church, but most felt church members were uncomfortable with discussions about their grief. All agreed their faith in God continues to help them in their grief.

Equipping selected adults of Stonelake Church, Cleburne, Texas, in bereavement ministry skills

Author
Jason C Erb
Abstract
The author desired to research the field of grief ministry to discovering key skills helpful for ministering to families experiencing the loss of a loved one for the purpose of creating a grief seminar/workshop to present in the local church. The author researched several types of resources. He researched published research from Faith-based researchers, and the works of non-faith based researchers. The author discovered several key skills. He assimilated his findings into a six hour workshop and presented his findings in a local church.

For the joy set before us: grief counseling in the light of the kingdom of heaven

Author
Benton W Taylor
Abstract
The focus of this dissertation project was to equip people in my church to understand how we are able to grieve in hope in light of the presence of God's Kingdom and the one to come. I did this by researching books and periodicals and a grief seminar which included a before and after survey. The results were that understanding biblical theology aids the grief process.
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