Larry Barber

Larry Barber

Larry Barber knows grief all too well. In May 1993 his wife Cindy and two year old daughter Katie died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Arlington, Texas. As a widowed single parent he raised two surviving children, nine year old Sarah and 12 year old Christian. Early in his grief walk, Barber cried out to send people and knowledge into his life that would help him and his children through his grief journey. In return, he has promised that he would gladly share what help he receives with other mourners. Since that promise, Barber has accepted a grief support ministry that has reached out to thousands who struggle after the death of a loved one. Marriage, couples, and individual counseling have been the focus during the 15 years Larry has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is convinced that through counseling, especially Christian counseling, marriages, relationships, and lives can experience healing, transformation, and fulfillment. Larry is a certified facilitator in Prepare-Enrich, providing marital and premarital counseling utilizing that program. Larry works with those suffering traumatic and life-changing events. He specializes in counseling for trauma, grief and loss, divorce, anger issues, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and end-of-life issues. In addition, Larry has worked with men’s issues including pornography and sexual addiction.  Larry received his master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University. Prior to that, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Oral Communications from Baylor University and a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University.  He is certified in Thanatology (the study of Death, Dying and Bereavement) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).  He has also received certification in Death and Grief Studies through the Center For Loss and Life Transition at Colorado State University. He is the author of the grief survival guide Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief With Hope and Promise. He served six years as a hospice bereavement coordinator; twelve years as a grief support group facilitator in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington TX; and four years as the director of counseling and grief support for ChristianWorks for Children in Dallas TX. Barber conducts grief seminars, in-services and church presentations. Committed to sharing grief insights shared with him by fellow mourners, he is tireless in efforts to comfort and equip those in grief.

Articles:

Grief Music with Singer Larry Stevens

Singer and songwriter Larry Stevens performs an acoustic set for The Open to Hope show. Music, art and other creative endeavors are fantastic tools for healing, but they can be […]

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Grief’s Good News and Bad News

In my counseling office, spring 2011. Julia was inconsolable.  For the first half of our session, she alternately cried and apologized.  The preceding Sunday had been Mother’s Day — the […]

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Maintaining a Healthy, Healing Relationship after Death

Ken sat on the couch across from me, smiled and exclaimed, “I stopped it! The uncontrollable crying. I stopped it!” Just the week prior, I had been at a loss […]

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