Ask the counselee “How can I help you today?”
Ask the counselee: “Suppose if God, in his infinite wisdom and ability, came to you tonight and removed your addiction from your life, what would your life be like?”
Ask the counselee: “What would God want you to do about your it?”
Provide some biblical insight into what God would want them to do:
2 Samuel 1:17 Isaiah 53:3-4 John 11:25-26
Grief is a normal feeling when life changes due to a number of circumstances.
A person is not expected to simply “get over it”. However, God does expect a person to learn to adjust and live in a new reality.
In putting together a plan of action, the pastoral counselor should take into consideration the following:
- While there may be stage of grief, a pastoral counselor should not be concerned with walking through each stage with the counselee. The pastoral counselor should provide this support through follow-up. The stage of grief should not be seen as a sequence.
- A pastoral counselor needs to be aware if a person is trying to avoid appropriate grief or is stuck in one stage non-progressing.
- A pastoral counselor should be able to provide comfort and peace for the grieving individual.