What Not to Say to a Griever: Illustrated

Certain things can hurt a griever. One needs to know what to say and not. A certified grief counselor can help
Certain things can hurt a griever. One needs to know what to say and not. A certified grief counselor can help

People mean well (usually), but sometimes well wishers choose the worst possible things to say after a death.  So many of the commonly used platitudes aimed at providing comfort actually have the opposite effect by minimizing a person’s grief.

Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com

Here is another good list of what not to say to a griever.  Good intentions can cause serious wounds so please review these “no, no” phrases

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16 Tips for Continuing Bonds with People We’ve Lost – What’s Your Grief

Continuing the bond of a loved one to the afterlife and in our daily life is tough. If you would like to train to be certified grief counselor then please review
Continuing the bond of a loved one to the afterlife and in our daily life is tough. If you would like to train to be certified grief counselor then please review

Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com

Continuing bonds with our loved ones is important.   Spiritually they still exist but sometimes we need to do physical things here and now to feel them more completely until we are reunited with them.

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Certified Grief Counselor and Religious Coping: Understanding God’s Will and Loss – YouTube

 on http://www.aihcp.org Those of religious background statistically have better coping mechanisms for loss than those who do…

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Short video from the American Academy of Grief Counseling about the effective nature of religious coping when properly utilized.  The video also looks at unhealthy religious coping and how a certified Grief Counselor should deal with and speak to a spiritual person.

Too many times people employ religion and spirituality improperly during loss.  Also, well intentioned individuals can cause pain to the grieving when they misuse religious ideals in failed attempts to relieve the distress of the grieving.  This video is an excellent resource and introduction for those who wish to religious cope in a healthy fashion  A certified Grief Counselor can utilize this video as a guide.

 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a certified Grief Counselor then please review our program and see if it matches your educational and professional needs.  By completing the online courses, qualified professionals can become eligible to become a certified Grief Counselor.

The certification in Grief Counseling is a four year certification and is renewable.  Those who become a certified Grief Counselor usually stem from a multiple of professional and academic backgrounds ranging from nursing to counseling to funeral direction to ministry

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Good Grief: Rage Against the Machine

How does a community come together and express grief without rage?  If you would like to become a certified grief counselor then please review the program
How does a community come together and express grief without rage? If you would like to become a certified grief counselor then please review the program

What do we want to do right when we witness the world go sideways? So many of us dig deep and desire to respond, act and maybe even make a difference. I know, I get that more than many, as I work with families on the brink of crisis

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Social and communal grief can enrage a community.  We have seen this in the recent police killings–some that were justified and others that were not.  In cases, communal grief can be utilized in a healthy fashion or grief can turn into rage and anger which it is known to do.  This is discounting the the thieves and thugs who have no interest but are merely looking for a reason to break things.

With this in mind, how can we help communities better express their grief?

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64 Children’s Books About Death and Grief – What’s Your Grief

This article has some good books for grief and kids.
This article has some good books for grief and kids.
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When grief hits a family, children often become the focus – how to talk to them about death, how to recognize if they are grieving ‘normally’, how to create open communication and dialogue. etc.

Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com

Good article listing 64 books about death and grief for children.  Children can utilize these books to prepare or learn from an experience what death and grief are.

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8 Reasons Why Winter is the Worst (for grievers)

How does the winter and cold days affect you and your grief? Also please review if you wish to become a certified grief counselor
How does the winter and cold days affect you and your grief? Also please review if you wish to become a certified grief counselor

What’s cold, icy, really uncomfortable, and sometimes makes you sad? Gosh darn winter, that’s what. You can spare me your affinity for skiing, fresh fallen snow and curling up by a warm fire because I will swiftly counter with wet socks, slush, and lack of sunlight.

Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com

An excellent article on Winter and those who are going through the grieving process.  This article looks over 8 reasons why winter is the worst for grievers.

If you are grieving, see what relates and see if you can help yourself in regards to some of the issues that may be affecting you beyond the grief

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Applications of a Certified Grief Counselor

What Exactly is a Certified Grief Counselor?

Would you like to learn how to become a certified grief counselor?
Would you like to learn how to become a certified grief counselor?

Believe it or not, people confuse the nature of Grief Counseling with many things that it is not.   Grief Counseling does not deal with pathologies, but the simple emotion of loss and the re-adaptation to that loss.   A certified Grief Counselor, without a counseling license issued by the state, does not possess the training or skill to deal with depression or complicated grief.

In this regard, a person who is a certified Grief Counselor, may or may not be a licensed counselor.  Licensed counselors may very well seek out a certification in Grief Counseling as a professional attachment to their already glowing resume, but as a certification, this is voluntary.

Hence a certified Grief Counselor is a trained professional who helps people deal with loss and readjustment to that loss.  The loss can vary from the death of a loved one to a loss of a job and anything in between.  As a trained professional, a certified Grief Counselor, as mentioned, can already be a licensed counselor who can deal with deeper issue of grief, or any health care professional.   Other professional candidates for Grief Counseling Certification include those in Social Work, Ministry, Funeral Services, or Hospice.

If non of these professions apply, an approved degree in the Health Science or Social Sciences can be applicable for eligibility.

The American Academy of Grief Counseling requires that their certified Grief Counselors meet these requirements, as well as completion of four basic core courses in Grief Counseling.  These independent study courses with mentorship, help the student grasp the basic of the nature of grief and how to help individuals suffering from it.  Theories and practical counseling techniques are taught in these courses and help the qualified professional achieve the educational background necessary to successfully grief counsel.

Those seeking employment in Grief Counseling can coach/counsel at the grassroot level or work in conjuction with a variety of healthcare institutions, schools, funeral homes, social programs, hospices, or church ministries.

The need for Grief Counseling and certified Grief Counselors is always great because all humans grieve.  It is the nature of a person to experience loss.  With this in mind, the career of a certified Grief Counselor is not just a job but also a vocation to the suffering

If you are interested in learning more about Grief Counseling Education or would like to become a certified Grief Counselor, then please review the program.

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The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying

The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying

A new book authored by: Richard Wagner, Ph.D, ACS

A Brief Description
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The Amateur’s Guide To Death And Dying is an 8″ x 10″ workbook for enhancing the end of life. It is on the cutting edge of death and dying work. Readers are challenged to liberate themselves from the deadening passivity and isolation that society heaps upon them. They gain perspective on numerous issues related to modern dying…whether it’s filling out a durable power of attorney form, answering provocative questions about sexuality and intimacy, completing a death anxiety survey or personally designing a unique end-of-life plan…readers are totally involved and engaged.

Click here to learn more about this important and exciting book!

If you would like to learn more, please review our program.  As a certified grief counselor, you can help many people overcome and adapt to their grief