Pastoral Care Guidance for Deacons, Stephen Ministers, and the Congregation of River Road Church, Baptist
Common Myths Regarding Grief, Loss, and Recovery
- If I don’t bring it up, they won’t hurt (they are already hurting).
- People who grieve want me to “fix” their pain (grieving people need acknowledgment).
- The best way to deal with loss is to “move on” (grief takes its own time).
- Grief anger is bad for people (anger can be a form of care).
- If people don’t show emotion, they’re “over it” (some people are private, some delay grief).
- People of strong faith don’t grieve deeply (loss and pain are signs of love).