At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Reverend Michael Jemmott about faith and spirituality after loss.

Reverend Michael works with bereaved people in Baltimore and runs an organization called Roberta’s House, which is a family grief support center.

When it comes to dealing with grief, where is God in all of this? Reverend Michael gives his take in the video below.

Here are some key takeaways from the video:

  • One of the things Reverend Michael found out over time is that God is always present, but usually ignored.
  • The only way that you can do harm to someone else is if you ignore the fact that God is with us, and that you and the other person are both His children.
  • There is always a lot of anger against God in those who are dealing with grief and loss. The problem is that we tend to get a little bit of information about God and think that’s enough. No matter what you know, it’s always going to be challenged.
  • Something Reverend Michael tells people who have tried a lot of things other than going to church when dealing with grief, is that we’re created in this image. By God’s divine plan we are connected.
  • The issue with the above point is, do we believe that to be a dependable truth and then pursue that to find out what else that truth has to offer us?
  • Reverend Michael likes to do an exercise with folks regarding the writing of Footprints In The Sand. What do you think the guy’s response was after God said: “My precious, precious child, I would never leave you or forsake you. During those difficult times, it was then that I carried you.”
  • Regarding the above point, Reverend Michael’s final message is to ask yourself what the guy may have said to God as his response? And, do you think God made the statement with all divine sincerity?

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Gloria Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent. She started "Open to Hope" to help the millions in the world with grief. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has worked in the field of family therapy for over 20 years. Dr. Horsley hosts the syndicated internet radio show, The Grief Blog which is one of the top ranked shows on Health Voice America. She serves the Compassionate Friends in a number of roles including as a Board of Directors, chapter leader, workshop facilitator, and frequently serves as media spokesperson. Dr. Horsley is often called on to present seminars throughout the country. She has made appearances on numerous television and radio programs including "The Today Show," "Montel Williams," and "Sallie Jessie Raphael." In addition, she has authored a number of articles and written several books including Teen Grief Relief with Dr. Heidi Horlsey, and The In-Law Survival Guide.

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