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Self-help Groups for the Bereaved: Theory, Theology, and Practice

Dennis Klass
Journal of Religion and Health
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Winter, 1982), pp. 307-324
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27505701
Page Count: 18
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Self-help Groups for the Bereaved: Theory, Theology, and Practice
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Abstract

Self-help groups for the bereaved are a relatively unexplored area of wholistic ministry. The article grows out of the author's experience as an advisor to a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a group of parents whose children have died. The article explores the self-help concept, describes the experience of losing a child and the way the self-help process functions in that dynamic, and enumerates some roles the author has been able to fill as an aid to a local chapter. Within that framework, the article shows the affinities between self-help and ministry.

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