Grief Support Topics

https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifAt Death’s Door: Facing the Terminal Illness of a Loved One
(35 minutes)

  • At Death’s Door will help you acknowledge your emotions as you walk through the terminal illness of someone you love, and will guide you in living fully with your loved one through the last months, weeks, or days of your time together. Through interviews with experts and personal testimonies, this DVD will help viewers to live more fully with their loved one through the last months, weeks, or days of their time together.

Beyond Death’s Door: Help for the Healing Process After Someone You Love has Died
(35 minutes)

  • A life has ended. Whether the death resulted from illness, accident, or violence, you are facing the deepest of sorrows: Someone you love has died. Your life is thrown out of balance: You are experiencing shock, disbelief, questioning, guilt–a broken heart. Beyond Death’s Door provides firsthand understanding of the grief process, how to grieve, and will give you help for your grief journey.Interviews with expert grief counselors and personal testimonies help the grieving person understand more of how to grieve no matter what the cause of death.

Grieving the sudden death of a loved one: Guidance for when the unthinkable occurs
(60 minutes)

  • When someone we love suddenly dies, we are stunned. We had no preparation and no time to gradually absorb the reality that our world was about to change dramatically. Because this type of loss is so disruptive, recovery almost always is complicated. This video is for those who have suffered a sudden loss through a medical disruption, suicide, homicide, accident, military death, or an unexplained death. Through expert advice and personal testimony, this video will offer support and encouragement for rebuilding your life after such a devastating loss.Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One provides a full hour of support, wisdom, and counsel from experts of many backgrounds including Earl A. Grollman, the “Hero of The Heartland” for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing.

    Topics include:

  • The impact of a sudden death
  • The pain of reality
  • Yielding to the season of grief
  • Everyone grieves in their own way
  • How children grieve
  • Our environment influences how we grieve
  • Circumstances affect grief
  • Working through grief
  • Grief can affect us physically
  • How to take care of yourself
  • Support and encouragement for rebuilding your life after a sudden and devastating loss

Footprints on Our Hearts: How to Cope After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Newborn Death
(55 minutes)

  • Provides compassionate, in-depth help for those parents going through the trauma of a baby’s death due to miscarriage or stillbirth. The agony we feel after the loss of a baby is complex and intense as it mixes with misplaced guilt, hurt, helplessness, and deep sorrow. Footprints on Our Hearts offers ways to cope with these feelings in the days and weeks of grieving that follow, as it speaks words of understanding, encouragement, and hope for the future for anyone experiencing the grief from the loss of a baby -a stillborn, miscarriage or newborn death experience.

Journey Through the Shadows: Hope for Healing After Someone You Love has Died by Suicide
(50 minutes)

  • Death by suicide deeply affects the lives of those who are left behind by the one who has died. With so much pain and sorrow it is difficult to know how to navigate these changes. This DVD offers encouragement and support to survivors who are both grieving a loved one’s death by suicide, and wondering why it happened at all. Advice from experts and family members who have walked this path combines with resources that teach friends how they can help

Helping Parents Grieve: Finding New Life After the Death of a Child
(60 minutes)

  • Helping Parent’s Grieve is for any parent who has experienced the death of a child – and for those who aim to help someone who is grieving. You will meet men and women who have suffered, who share their stories, and help to kindle hope for finding life again.Topics include:
  • Knowing you are not alone
  • Dealing with the loss of hopes and dreams at the death of a child
  • Grieving the death of a baby
  • The family’s grief journey
  • Honoring and remembering your child

A Placed Prepared: Helping Children Understand Death and Heaven
(40 minutes)

  • This resource helps adults answer children’s questions about death, funerals, and heaven as it lovingly prepares them for the inevitable losses they will experience. The viewer hears from professionals and children, ages 3-14. For children, death seems unreal and at a distance until it comes close: A grandparent, a father, a mother, a sibling, or a pet dies. Suddenly death becomes real and immediate, and children have questions about what has happened: What does diemean? Where is Daddy now? In heaven? Can I go see him? And what is heaven? A Place Prepared will help you to prepare children for the inevitable losses that they will experience throughout their lives.

Helping Children Grieve
(55 minutes)

  • Few events in a child’s life can affect them as greatly as the death of a loved one. This profound new video resource offers helpful information to adults (parents, caregivers, professionals) on how to help children of all ages grieve with hope and heart. You will meet two experts: Khris Ford and Paula D’Arcy, whose personal experiences with the death of loved ones give them intimate knowledge and compassion. And you will meet others who are now in the process of helping their children through grief. 

    Topics covered include:

  • Differences between how adults and children grieve
  • How a parent can grieve and still help a child to grieve the death of a loved one
  • Three common feelings expressed by all grieving children
  • How to be authentic and tell children the truth about death

When A Loved One Dies: Walking Through Grief as a Teenager
(30 minutes)

  • Grief is always difficult, but never more than when you are a teenager. This is a compassionate and practical primer for teens and adults who live and/or work with youth. When a Loved One Dies: Walking Through Grief as a Teenager is an ideal resource to help a teen dealing with grief. It features interviews with bereaved teens, because teens are most receptive to their peers. They speak from the heart, sharing candidly about their pain and healing. Divided into segments, the video covers topics such as surviving the first days, weeks, and months after the death, grieving the relationship lost, facing the future, and rebuilding your life. When a Loved One Dies gives insight not only to teenagers, but also parents, teachers, and counselors who want to know how to help bereaved youth. The accompanying resource guide provides information about the grief process, activities that can aid grief, and grief support organizations. Alicia Sims Franklin, LCSW, is a grief management specialist and a bereaved sibling. Emerging as an internationally recognized authority on children and grief, Ms. Franklin has designed an award-winning self-help model for children’s grief support programs. She has spoken worldwide on children and grief, providing training for professionals as well as parents, children and teenage support groups.

Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

  • This dynamic video offers insight, hope, and understanding for anyone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. This disease without cure currently afflicts more than 30 million people and there are no treatments to halt its progression, making caregiving both essential-and difficult.Topics discussed include:
  • Caring for one who doesn’t remember your name
  • Grieving the losses of their life, and yours
  • When an unexpected side of your loved one comes out
  • When it feels like your love no longer helps
  • Struggling with denial
  • Hungering for simple recognition
  • Feelings of failure and guilt
  • How to handle frustration and anger
  • How to care for you-physically, emotionally, spiritually-while you care for someone else
  • Feeling exhausted – and what to do, when that happens
  • Finding support – on the Web, through the telephone, or in person
  • Allowing someone else to care for your loved one
  • Times when laughter, singing, and foolishness are entirely appropriate!
  • When you worry about making other people comfortable
  • Learning to accept the person that s/he is now – there is no going back
  • The courage and sacrifice of an Alzheimer’s caregiver

Confronting Death: A Christian Approach to the End of Life with Walter Wangerin Jr.

  • “You and I sooner or later are going to experience what comes to all people, we are going to experience dying. But there is a difference between us and the world—the world looks away from that fact and tries to hide it as much as possible—but we as faithful people have the power and ability to look death straight in the eye and understand it.”  Coming from his own experiences of living with life-threatening cancer for the last two plus years, Walter Wangerin speaks directly from the heart in this poignant and instructional new DVD. He speaks about how cancer has changed his life and how his faith has sustained and prepared him to face death itself. But Confronting Death is not for the Christian idealist; it is for every Christian, as we learn how to be different from the world: by learning to look forward to the world to come without dismissing our responsibilities here and now. This compelling teaching explains how Christ is victorious over death. Excellent for Sunday school classes, study groups, equipping caregivers who do visitation ministry, hospice, and working with those who are grieving or having to face death.  Drawing from his own recent experience with cancer, Wangerin explores:
  • Discovering serious illness
  • Caring for the one who is not sick
  • How do we handle the pain
  • Confronting the dying itself

 

  • Walter Wangerin, Jr., is the award-winning author of thirty-five books, including the best-selling The Book of God; the National Book Award-winning The Book of the Dun Cow; and, most recently, am My Grandpa’s Enkelin, a children’s book. He has also been featured in several other DVD’s including Growing Together: Buidling a Marriage that LastsThe Lord’s Prayer: Entering into God’s Country and The Four Acts of Prayer.Wangerin holds the Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University.

The power of forgiveness

  • Every Human being gets hurt in ways both big and small, and in turn, we sometimes inflict hurt on others. There comes a time when we face the difficult choice to forgive others and to forgive ourselves. But forgiveness can seem impossible, even undesirable. The Power of Forgiveness presents four studies that open our minds and our hearts to a new understanding of forgiveness so we can embrace forgiveness as a key to a wholesome and free life. This program features Dr. Everett L. Worthington, executive director of The Templeton Foundation’s Campaign for Forgiveness Research.

Loving someone with an Addiction
(60 minutes)

  • Living with an addiction is both heartbreaking and exhausting. Family members are torn between how to help the addict and how to avoid supporting the addiction.Through interviews with experts and with families who have experienced the addiction of a loved one, this video will offer hope-filled support in the form of practical information, advice from others who have been there, and the power of shared experiences.

    Topics discussed include:

  • Understanding addiction
  • Addiction affects the whole family
  • Grieving the loss of the person you once knew
  • Pitfalls for families when dealing with addiction
  • Feelings of guilt/shame/stigma
  • Dealing with denial, fear, hopelessness and despair
  • Detaching with love
  • The importance of educating oneself about addiction
  • Suggestions for recovery and where families can turn for help