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  • SOLIDARITY

  • The Grief Recovery Well practices solidarity in the spirit of love.  We believe the love of God calls all to unity in God, confessing: "God creates all in the image of God."  We are in solidarity with all who struggle with grief and loss, and  offer recovery groups where solidarity of experience and purpose brings recovery.

  • GOD-CENTERED RECOVERY

  • The Grief Recovery Well facilitates bereavement grief recovery using a God centered approach and curriculm.  We use different counseling approaches and theories, revising them to conform to the Word of God.  

  • LIFE LONG LEARNING

  • The ministry of grief recovery is life long learning.  Our certification in grief support  offers  continuous learning without cost.   All persons who hold a certification in bereavement support can attend Love Dove Ministries workshops, seminars, groups, and lectures to share experiences and learn from the experiences of others who hold certification.

  • STRENGTHEN FAMILIES

  • When a loved one dies, everyone in the  family grieves the loss.  The time of bereavement, following the death of a loved one, gives family members time to grieve the loss.   Grief support strengthens the family, providing care to both parents and  children.   Everyone in the family grieves differently and learns to live without the loss loved one in their own time.  Children grieve differently from adults, so they need specialized grief care.  The family that grieves together can stay together.  If a parent or child struggles with grief and loss, it can cause conflict within the family.

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Death Can't Seperate Us
  • Death Can't Seperate Us

  • Recovery Hymns
  • Death is powerless to seperate loss loved ones from God's love.   The bereave can find comfort in knowing that loss loved one are not alone; they are still in God's care and under ... [read more]

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TESTIMONIES

RECOVERY GROUP HEALS

Two brothers who agree to withdraw their mother’s life support struggle with guilt after her death.  While in grief recovery group, they hear stories of others who pull the plug on loved ones. The brothers, Catholics, hear a theology of  dying that names God as the one who decides  who  lives and who dies. In this view, removing life support is responding to God’s will to call the dying home.  Click to see more

CULTURE MATTERS 

While visiting an African American hospice patient her daughter whispers, "she no longer speaks;  she is too weak."  After ministering spiritual care to the patient  I walk to the door to exist, when I hear her daughter calling my name.   She calls me to tell me  her mother is waving goodbye; she can't believe her eyes: her mother finds strength to wave goodbye.  I look at the patient and see her waving, but the shine in her eyes and the smile on her face tell me there is a message behind the wave.  As I approach her,  I begin singing an old Negro Spiritual: "If I Can't Say A Word, I'll Just Raise My Hand."  She nods her head, confirming that her hand wave is not a goodbye but a culture signal, testifying of  faith in God.Click to see more

 

EVERYBODY IS NOT PRAYING FOR HEALING

I work the night shift at an Oklahoma City hospital,  when a "Code Blue" alerts the resuscitation team to emergency.  As a member of the code team,  I respond to provide spiritual care to the patient's family.  When I arrive in emergency,  I find the patient's wife, a woman  in her seventies,  alone and obviously grieving.  After visiting with her, she becomes more relax, so I ask permission to pray for her husband.  I am shock when she says, "no, I will not pray for him.  The last time he is in emergency I pray for him and he never forgives me."  I strive to make sense  of what she tells me, so I ask her why her huband never forives her for praying for him.   She tells me he never forgives her, because her prayer pulls him out of heaven.  He walks through the gates of heaven in his hospital gown; he is full of joy, but she takes hold of his hospital gown and pull his out.  When he awakes out of his coma; he is furious.  She tells me it takes more than two years for him to let go of his anger, and he never forgives her.  When she stops speaking, she begins to rock; I tell her I understand why she prays for her husband then and why she refuses to pray for him now.  After assuring her that God is with her, I  ask permission to pray for her; she wants prayer.  I pray for her and sit in silence with her until her daughter arrives.  She teaches me a valuabe lesson: never assume everybody wants prayer for the dying to live. Click to see more

THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC

The first year I graduate from Memphis seminary, a hospital in Shreveport hires me to provide spiritual care to hospice patients and bereaved families.   My first week of work, I am schedule to visit a young wife,  Marje, whose husband dies of cancer, leaving her to raise two children.  When I arrive at her home I hear country music.  She tell me the artist is John Michael Montgomery; he is singing, "I Swear."  I visit with them, and find the daughter struggling with the death of her father, so I  schedule an appointment for the next week.  The next week, I visit and hear the same song, "I Swear," when I enter the home.   The song begins to speak to me, and I find myself saying, "what a message."  I didn't know the song, but I hear  the artist swearing to love his beloved until death  seperates them.  Marje comes alive when I ask her if, "I Swear," is important to her because it tells the story of her husband's love for her.  Yes, is her answer.  She tells me her deceased husband plays "I Swear" non-stop before he dies, swearing to love her forever; yes, even in death. It is this song, "I Swear," giving the family comfort in bereavement.Click to see more