Date of Award

Spring 1993

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Kipfmueller, Mark


This project describes a training process for grief support group facilitators. The support group experience, in the area of grief, offers help to people in their passage through the stages of grief. A structured training program will be introduced, as well as an evaluation of the implementation of said program. The literature review concludes that the journey of grief has a natural and continuing course and that people experiencing grief can benefit, as they travel their individual grief journey, from support group interaction. It is thought that there will be a positive finding for this study that will demonstrate the need for trained grief support group facilitators, who will aid in providing an open and supportive atmosphere where the bereaved can discuss their loss. The pre- and post- evaluation of the participants degree of knowledge and comfort with skill level, and the researcher's assessment of the participants knowledge and skill level enhancement, ought to lead to the conclusion that training programs of this type should be available in all types of churches and community settings, in order to offer the surrounding community high quality grief support group facilitators. It will be recommended that the results of this study be communicated to church and community leaders, and that workshops be implemented to train grief support group facilitators.