Date: June 24, 2017
The Head of Counselling Unit at the Headquarters of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Philip Osei Korsah, has stated that no person is immune to grief because everyone has or will experience a significant personal loss.
He made this observation in a presentation at a day’s Grief and Crises Management Seminar which took place on Tuesday, 6th June, 2017 at Shekinah Glory Temple, Aflao.
According to him, everyone must be allowed to cry, including men of God in the heat of event of a loss, and that comforters should not suppress people in a grieving moment.
“Give people room to express themselves when there is a significant personal loss,” he stated.
He advised Christians to exercise great patience in comforting people in a grieving moment because grief hurts and is very painful and each one reacts differently depending on how he or she feels it.
Apostle Korsah stressed that no one accepts this significant loss at the shock stage because grieving moment moves slowly until one gets to the acceptance stage where they take up the challenge after the loss.
He, therefore, urged believers to use straight forward approach, assurance and support which are the greatest gifts in giving care to a grieving person in cases of a significant loss.
Deaconess Charity Kuwornu, a Clinical Psychologist and Tema Area Women’s Ministry Leader of the Church, in a presentation, said a crisis is a turning point that usually cannot be avoided in the life of a person.
She touched on biology of crisis, stress and cardiovascular system, central nervous system and its social effects on the individual.
She took the participants through how to intervene crisis by way of providing immediate, temporal and emotional first aid to victims of psychological and physical trauma.
She concluded by advising participants to instill hope in their clients by sharing scriptural truths that give reassurance on the unchanging nature and the word of God. She also took participants through a progressive muscle relaxation exercise.
In attendance were the Aflao Area Head, Apostle Osei-Wusu Brempong and wife Comfort, as well as all the ministers and their wives in the Area.
Report by: Abigail Owusu-Banahene Anyane, Dabala District.
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