Grief: How To Breakthrough After A Loss
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Created by Phil Smith
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 36 mins on-demand audio
  • 1 Article
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to identify destructive habits that make grief more difficult
  • Learn some practical tips to help you process your grief
  • Identify each stage and its affect on you
  • Have a new perspective on your grief
  • Find meaning in what seems at times meaningless
  • Expereince hope and healing
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  • There is nothing you need to know before beginning this course
  • Be ready to be changed for the better
  • Be ready to see your eyes opened to new possibilities

What if there was a way to breakthrough your grief?

Have you ever experienced some of the following symptoms after the loss of a loved one?

  • Intense sorrow
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems gathering your thoughts
  • Feeling overwhelmed and hopeless
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tightness in your chest

If you can relate to any of the things then you are in the right place.

There is hope. What you are experiencing can get better.

As a kid I grew up around grief. My grandfather died when I was about 7 years old. I remember seeing my mother sitting on our front porch crying.

When I was a teenager, a good friend of mine was shot to death in an argument. I remember standing by the graveside with his father who told me, “I once had hope but now it is gone." He just stood there with a blank stare on his face being unable to imagine what had just happened.

I remember grieving so much during this time I thought me head and chest would explode.

There have been countless more losses through the years.

As an adult now, I have helped families make it through the death of a loved one.

Through the years I have learned some valuable tips to lessen the pain of the loss. I discovered them as I searched for wisdom to make it through my own pain and in my desire to help others.

There are some strategies that help you breakthrough your grief. I want you to know there are things that you can do to make your process of grief much easier

What will you get in this course?

  • 10 video lessons
  • 7 downloadable mp3 recordings
  • 7 downloadable PDF's
  • Free bonuses including 115 Websites on Grief and Loss
  • And much more…

One of my favorite portions of this course is 20 Ways to Thrive While Grieving You Loss. This lesson includes easy to understand, practical tips to lessen the pain that comes from grief.

I will also share some roadblocks that you will want to avoid. Disregarding these roadblocks will bring you greater suffering.

We will look at the story of a young man named Joseph that was sold into slavery but made a decision that kept it from destroying him.

In the final video I will summarize the entire course with two practical lessons that can help you experience breakthrough after your loss. These two things alone will be worth the cost of the course.

This course can help you in the areas of self-awareness, personal development and spiritual growth. Most of all, this course will help you transform your loss into valuable life lessons.

Don't wait any longer.

It can get better.

Let me walk with you as you make it through your breakthrough.

Make the decision today to move from where you are to where you want to be.

There is no need to wait any longer. Today now! See life changing results TODAY!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has lost someone they loved very much
  • This course is for anyone expereincing grief and having a hard time coping
  • This course is for anyone that wants to honor the memory of their loved one
  • This course is for anyone who wants relief from the adverse affects of grief
  • This course is for anyone who not only wants to better understand their loss but move away from the pain
  • This course is for anyone wanting to have despair turned into hope
  • This course is NOT for someone that wants to stay stuck in their grief
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Grief Basics
6 Lectures 13:47

How To Get the Most Benefit From this Course

  • Go through all of the lessons in their entirety.
  • Pay attention to what grabs your attention.
  • Do the worksheets.
  • Share your story with me.

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Preview 04:07

What is grief and what does it do to us?
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional pain one experiences after having lost someone or something. Sometimes the grief comes as a result of a job change and at other times it comes at the loss of a friend or loved one. The greater the loss, the greater the grief we often encounter.

Your grief will be different from anyone else's grief.

It will be affected by 4 factors.

  1. The relationship you had with that person. Whether you were close or not, how long you had known them and their involvement in your life. The more meaningful the relationship, the greater the grief. I have heard it said, “Live in such a way that when you die, people are sad to see you go.”
  2. Your coping style. Some people cope better with loss than others. Many of the factors that lead to healthier coping are shared in this course.
  3. Personality. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, high strung or easy going, or embrace problems or running from them.
  4. Life experiences. The more life experiences you have related to grief the more you will be prepared to go through it. Losses from our past make it easier to cope with loss in the present.

How is grief expressed? Grief is also expressed physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

  1. Physical affects of grief often include crying, tightness in the chest, headaches, diminished appetite, problems sleeping, weakness, fatigue, aches, pain and other stress related experiences.
  2. Emotional affects of grief include feelings of sadness and deep sorrow accompanied by feelings of worry, anxiousness, frustration, regret anger, or guilt are also normal.
  3. Social affects of grief may include feeling detached from others, isolating, limiting your contact with others, or behaving in ways that are not normal for you.
  4. Spiritual affects of grief may include questioning the reason for your loss, the meaning of life and death why you had to endure the pain of loss. This time can also result in anger at God.
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The Five Stages of Grief Plus Two More.

The 5 stages of grief were first identified with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's book On Death and Dying. She recognized 5 stages people go through as they prepare to die. Studies have shown these stages are not just true of those facing death but also of those who have lost a loved one. Here are the five stages she uncovered.

1.Denial- “This can't be happening.” Often the initial shock of the loss seems unreal. It seems like a bad dream and you think you will snap out of it. This stage of grief can occur for weeks.
2.Anger-“Why is this happening?” Anger can be experienced over what has happened, why it happened, when it happened and anger over things that are not even related to the loss. Grief can lead you to be angry about things that you have never been angry about before.
3.Bargaining-. “If only thinking” If only I had called him. If only I had not been so mad. If only I would have known. “If only_________ you fill in the blank. ”All of these statements and more are normal in the bargaining stage of grief.
4.Depression-“What is the point of living?” This is the most recognized stage of grief and often the most difficult. It is characterized by a deep sorrow over your loss. The sorrow can also result in a lack of desire to continue living. If you find yourself really struggling during this time, find someone to talk to.
5.Acceptance-“It is going to be okay.”. Is to acknowledge the new reality of life without the person in your life. It does not mean that you like it or agree with it. It is more an acceptance of the new reality of life without your loved one in it.

These are the 5 stages of grief Kubler-Ross talks about. There are two others the author Melody Beattie discusses in her writing. They are obsessing and guilt.
6.Obsessing is seen in being unable to think about anything else. It is the first thing you think of when you wake up and the last thing before you go to bed. To shift your mind away from thinking about it during the obsession stage is very difficult. At some point you will ask yourself, “Why can't I think about anything else?” This is normal with the obsession stage.
7.Guilt can be manifested in many ways. Guilt for what you did. Guilt for what you did not do. Guilt for not feeling guilty and guilt for being guilty. Everything in life during this stage can be interpreted through the eyes of guilt. “I feel so bad because _______.” Acknowledge the guilt and recognize it as normal to the process.

The Five Stages of Grief Plus Two More

Which one is NOT one of the stages of grief?
1 question

Many times in life we do not know exactly what we think about something till we are asked. And even then not until we get our thoughts on paper. The focus of each of these downloadable PDF's is to allow you to get your thoughts out of your head and written down. This one discipline alone can help you drastically.

Grief Journal
2 pages

The Stages of Grief Worksheet
2 pages
Beginning to Recover From Grief
2 Lectures 04:50

Myths and Facts of Grief

  1. Everyone grieves the same way. There are as many different ways to experience grief as there are people on the planet. Though many will experience most if not all of the stages of grief, the way each person experiences those stages can be vastly different. Some may move quickly through some of the stages while others will stay in a particular stage for weeks.
  2. The pain will be less if you act like it never happened. Acting like it never happened does not allow you to grieve the loss. It did happen. It did hurt and still does and your life will forever be altered by the loss. The best way to “get over it is to go through it.”
  3. Your grief will last about _____. You fill in the blank. There is no set number of months for grief. We all experience it in our own way and in our own time. Be patient with yourself, others and the process.
  4. Grief support groups will make me more depressed. Grief groups can help us to see that they things that we experience in grief are normal. It is normal to be angry, sad, depressed, having difficulty gathering your thoughts and be withdrawn from those around you. Often the destructive voice in us can tell us that what we are experiencing is just us. “You are going crazy,” it will tell you and “no one else have ever experienced what you have”. None of these things are true. The right grief support group can offer clarity to your grief and loss even if you share very little in those groups.
  5. It's been 6 months, you should be over it by now. There are no time lines for grief. Everyone grieves differently and we should be patient with ourselves and others during the process. The emphasis should never be on quickly getting through. We should do our best to work through every stage of grief but not put a timeline on our suffering.
  6. God needed them in heaven. I don't think that God needs anything nor is He experiencing lack. Statements like this can give us a twisted idea of God and cause greater pain for those who have lost someone. The best way to describe God during times of loss is the one who is present with us during our loss. In scripture we see Jesus crying over the loss of a friend and grieved when seeing the pain of others.
  7. By not discussing your loss you can get over it faster. This is certainly not true. The opposite is actually the case, The more you talk about it, journal about it and grieve it, the faster you will be to get through it.
  8. One day you will get over it. Will there be a point in time where the loss is not as great as it is now? Yes, if it is like most who have lost someone they loved. But we will never really “get over it”. There was a person you loved and lost. No one else can fill that spot. The pain will always be present but it will lessen over time.
  9. If you don't cry, it means you are not sorry for the loss. A good friend of mine lost her 5 year old son to cancer. For the first 3 months following his death she felt no emotions and could not cry. She had cried so much during his illness that she had difficulty crying after he was gone. In time the tears came and they were completely beyond her control.
  10. Moving on with your life means that you are forgetting the one you lost. Moving on with life means that you are accepting the loss and trying to make the best use of it. The pain will always be present and we can be grateful that we had them in our lives for a short time.
Myths and Facts About Grief

Significant Dates
2 pages
What you SHOULD DO while grieving
4 Lectures 12:59

20 Ways To Thrive While Grieving Part

  1. Tell your story. Don't keep your feelings to yourself. You have a story that is unique to you that would be of help to others. You may ask,”Who can I share it with?”
    1. Community group on grief.
    2. Sharing with friends.
    3. Share with a Pastor or Clergy.
  2. Pray. What do I mean when I speak of praying? Open and honest communication with God.
  3. Ask people to pray for you.
  4. Be patient with yourself. If you are normally an impatient person then this will be very difficult to do. Realize that grief is a process. This will take time. It will still be painful. You will think you are over one part of it and the same pain will return again. Be patient. It is a process.
  5. Read uplifting material. Things that will take your mind off of the pain or inspire you. Is there an author you like? If so read his books. Is there a genre of books you enjoy? If so read them.
  6. Listen to inspiring speakers. Is there a speaker you really enjoy? If not then YouTube some topics that are of interest to you and see who comes up.
  7. Listen to inspiring music. Whatever kind of music you enjoy, listen to it. Inspirational music can take you to a state of forgetting your loss for a few moments.
  8. Find things to be grateful for. Gratitude helps us see past the pain of the moment and discover that there are things we should be grateful for. Make a list of things you are grateful for.
  9. Do something for someone else. Helps to get your eyes off of your own pain and regain perspective.
  10. Listening to others and their pain. Call and check up on someone else. Visit a nursing home. Go by someones house who is hurting.
20 Ways To Thrive While Grieving Your Loss Part 1

Reach Out Letter
2 pages

11. Cry when you feel like it.
12. Exercise. Exercise releases endorphin's in the brain that aid in the grief process. It is a stimulant that helps you process the gamut of emotions that accompany grief.
13. Get outside. Breathe in the air. Experience the creation. Feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Notice the flowers and the trees. Hear the bird chirping. It does not matter if you sit, or stand or run outside just get there.
14. Meditation. Focus on slowly breathing in and out. When your thoughts wonder, and they will, bring them back to focusing on your breathing.

  • sit upright in a chair
  • listen to wordless music
  • slow focused breathing
  • relax all of your body parts

15. Meditate on a scripture or inspiring quote. 1 Chronicles 28:20 Kind David gives some instructions to his son Solomon. “Be strong and brave. Get to work. Don't be afraid. Don't lose hope. The LORD God is my God. He is with you. He won't fail you.”
16. Diminish or eliminate caffeine intake. Caffeine is a stimulate that quickly becomes a depressant. It does take you up but will let you down quickly. It can make emotional times harder to manage. If at all possible limit it or eliminate it.
17. Attend a worship service. If you don't have a place to go find one. If you would prefer to go to a place sometime where no one knows you then go. They can be a great way to receive inspiration and edification of your spirit.
18. Commit to using your loss for the good of others. Allow the pain that you have gone through to be a help to others. A friend of mine says, “Never waste a bad experience without learning something from it.”
19. Stay active. Don't quit. Give up or give in. Be doing something. Force yourself to get out of bed in the morning. Go to the store, go to work, go to the park. Keep moving and keep active.
20. Don't give up. I know it is hard. I know the pain is unbearable. I know you think you are not going to make it but don't give up. Commit to doing whatever is necessary to make it through the loss.

20 Ways To Thrive While Grieving Your Loss Part 2

A Letter to Your Loved One
2 pages
What you SHOULD NOT do while grieving
1 Lecture 04:59

Roadblocks to Overcoming Grief

1. Self-Pity. Woo is me. Look how bad I have it. Some people live with a perpetual sense of pity. They seem to think they have had it worse than anyone else and no one else knows just how bad it has been. Pity finds its source in the response to the loss and not the loss itself. Those who walk around with self-pity think they have it because of all the bad things that have happened in their life. But thats not the case. Others have had greater pain than the pity filled person but they have responded to it differently. A friend of mine has had spinal cancer for years is now unable to walk. He has had multiple surgeries, radiation and is still no better. The Doctors have told him they have done all that they can do and it is only a matter of time till he dies. It seems like he would have a great deal of self-pity, especially after all that has happened to him. But that is not the case. He has a great attitude. His email signature says this, “ Today is a great day to be alive.” When I ask him how he is doing? His answer is, “I am blessed.” Self pity is a chosen response and you and I can rise above it.
2. Self destructive behaviors.
What is a self destructive behavior? Alcohol, drugs, over eating, pornography, etc. Anything in your behaviors that you know is not good for you. If you are hiding it from others that may be a good sign you should not be doing it. Avoid self-destructive behaviors. Those who face grief while struggling with addictions must be extra careful to avoid at the addiction. Medicating the grief with an addiction will make the grief drastically worse and possibly life threatening.
3. Isolation. Avoiding contact with others. Staying in your shell. Not talking about the pain. In the christian tradition, isolation can be a tool of the enemy that sometimes talks in our head. He will say things like, “no one has ever gone through what you have.” “You are alone.” “No one loves you or cares about you.” “You are a failure.” Don't allow isolation to keep you from the healing that can be yours. Get out of the house. Get active and get involved in things that are helpful to your healing.
4. Fear. Grief takes us into painful realities that can scare us to death. There is the fear of the unknown, fear of the future and the fear of the process. All of these things are normal. Let me say that again. All of these things are normal. The fear I am talking about here is “obsessive fear”. What is obsessive fear you may ask? Constantly obsessing on the things that scare you are damaging to you. You replay the fear again and again in your mind till it completely overwhelms you. It can consume your thought process. How do you get over this you might ask?
Focus your attention on something else. Do something and give your complete attention to it. Focus on a task. Build something, plant something, write something. Do something that you can focus your attention on. Attention to the other task will give your mind a break from the obsessive fearful thoughts.
5. Unforgiveness. Our inability to forgive other people, God or ourselves can make breaking through grief all but impossible. This one behavior acts as a cancer that destroys us. You may say, “But I don't feel like it”. Of course you don't. the greater the offense the harder it is to forgive. You may say, “ They don't deserve it.” That may be true. They may not. But all of us have done things that God did not have to forgive us for and he did. Make the choice to forgive.

Roadblocks To Overcoming Grief

Roadblocks To Overcoming Grief
1 question
The Lessons of Joseph
3 Lectures 04:08
  • The story of Joseph in Genesis.
  • Joseph refused to allow bitterness and resentment to ruin his life. He could have refused to forgive his brothers. After all they did not deserve it. He saw that his grief and loss actually served to help him and not hurt him. Joseph said that what his brothers meant for evil God meant for good.
  • John Walsh

How can you turn your loss into something that will be helpful to you or to someone else?
Your pain can help someone else. It's time to start using it for the good.

What Joseph Taught Us About Loss

What did Joseph choose to do to his brothers?
1 question

Spirituality Exercise
2 pages

Legacy Exercise
2 pages
1 Lecture 05:16
  • The story of Emma
  • Dietrich Bonhoffer offers some more thoughts on grief when he wrote…

    “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

How do you Breakthrough the Grief? What is the secret? Let me give you two closing thoughts…

1. Choose joy. Allow your pain and grief of your loss to be turned into silent joy. “One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.” You may say, “How can I be joyous in grief?” Have Joy for what you had. Joy for the memories and the pain. Joy of the good times and the bad. Joy for the laughter and the tears. Your life today is richer because the person you lost was a part of it.

Will it hurt? Yes it will because there is nothing or no one that can fill their place. They were there for a moment and now they are gone. And at times the pain will be unbearable. Choose joy.

2. Share it. Share what you have learned on your journey through grief with others. There are many who need someone who has gone through what you have. Share with them your story. Be present with them in their suffering. We are not there to fix anything but rather to simply be present. It will help them and you will be glad you did. Share it.

I want to thank you for participating in this course. I am honored to have shared this time with you. If you have not already shared your story with me please do so. I would love to hear it.

Let me leave you with Davids instructions to his son Solomon. “Be strong and brave. Get to work. Don't be afraid. Don't lose hope. The LORD God is my God. He is with you. He won't fail you.”

The Secret To Breaking Through After A Loss
Bonus Material
1 Lecture 01:12
115 Websites on Grief and Loss
Downloadable mp3's of the Videos
7 Lectures 35:52
What Is Grief and What Does It Do To Us?

Myths and Facts About Grief

The Five Stages of Grief Plus Two More

20 Ways To Thrive While Grieving Your Loss Part 1

20 Ways To Thrive While Grieving Your Loss Part 2

Roadblocks To Overcoming Grief

What Joseph Taught Us About Loss
About the Instructor
Phil Smith
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Phil is an avid student of personal development and techniques for real life transformation. He has worked in management for 20+ years and understands people and relationships. He has counseled people going through divorce, loss, life altering events and career transitions.

He currently lives outside of Nashville, Tn with his wife Amy and their 4 children.