Grief and loss touches the life of every single person during their lifetime, however few are prepared to cope with the effects of their grief and the grief of others. People generally are ill- informed and unprepared to face grief and its effects because they don’t feel comfortable talking or reading about death and loss. Most literature concerning grief is scholarly and heard to understand and few counselors and clergy are trained in grief work. Terms relating to grief and the grieving process are defined and put into context. The theories and therapies associated with grief and bereavement are examined and evaluated, including their use in counseling. Grief and coping with grief are examined in the contexts of relationship and circumstances. The importance of recognizing and understanding the impact of the symptoms of grief is reviewed. The effects, issues and factors associated with grief are examined from several different perspectives, including religious beliefs and practices. The impact Christianity has on grief, both positive and negative are addressed. Since, most people lack a true understanding of grief and its effects, including Christians, the hope is to present the information they need in a compact, easy to understand format.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Mr. George Micheal Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type