A Ministry of Care by Dr. Daniel G. Bagby

Pastoral Care Guidance for Deacons, Stephen Ministers, and the Congregation of River Road Church, Baptist

Common Myths Regarding Grief, Loss, and Recovery

  1. If I don’t bring it up, they won’t hurt (they are already hurting).
  2. People who grieve want me to “fix” their pain (grieving people need acknowledgment).
  3. The best way to deal with loss is to “move on” (grief takes its own time).
  4. Grief anger is bad for people (anger can be a form of care).
  5. If people don’t show emotion, they’re “over it” (some people are private, some delay grief).
  6. People of strong faith don’t grieve deeply (loss and pain are signs of love).