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Grief Survey

How long has it been since you experience a life changing crisis?

42% – 1 Year

28% – 5 Years

22% – 10 Years

8% – 20 Years

What best describes the crisis you experienced?

56% – Loss of a loved one

11% – Disease

7% – Accident

6% – Loss of Job

6% – Divorce

13% – Other

Who was the most helpful following your crisis?

66% – Family member

24% – Friend

7% – Minister

4% – Elder

Which of the following was most helpful following your crisis?

49% – A conversation with a family member, minister, friend, etc.

26% – The prayers of others

18% – The presence of others

5% – Volunteers who did chores around the house

2% – Volunteers who brought food

What was the least helpful following your crisis?

30% – Advice from others

7% – Questions at church

6% – Visistors

3% – Phone Calls

2% – Food provided by others

51% – These were all helpful

Did you feel you were forced to end the grieving process prematurely?

87% – No

13% – Yes

Did your church help you with the grieving process?

68% – Yes

32% – No

What specific ways did your church help you grieve?

66% – Connected you with others who had a similar experience

21% – Counseling

8% – Provided helpful literature

5% – Grief support group

Does your church offer any type of support group or class on grief?

78% – No

22% – Yes

Does your church have literature on grieving available in the foyer?

32% – Yes

13% – No

55% – I am not aware of any

Would you have attended a grief support group if the church provided it?

55% – No

45% – Yes

Would you have attended a class on grief if the church provided it?

63% – Yes

37% – No

Would you be willing to share your story of grief in a support group or class?

66% – Yes

34% – No

If you attended a support group or class on grief who would you like it to be led by?

58% – A minister trained in dealing with grief

42% – A member who has experienced grief

What would you like to see in a support group or class on grief?

86% of 126 surveyed would like to hear testimony of Christians who have experienced grief

77% of 126 surveyed would like to be introduced to scriptures related to grief

71% of 126 surveyed would like hear prayers of lament and grief

42% of 126 surveyed would like to hear book reviews on helpful resources on grief

37% of 126 surveyed would like to see videos from experts on grief

Was it helpful to know others were praying for you?

98% – Yes

2% – No

Were you able to pray the week following your crisis?

90% – Yes

10% – No

Was it more comforting for people to pray for you or with you?

73% – For

24% – With

3% – Neither

Were you or your family member visited by a chaplain during the hospital?

54% – Yes

46% – No

Were you or your family member visited by a minister or elder at any time?

75% – Yes

25% – No

Was the visit by the minister or elder beneficial?

92% – Yes

8% – No

Did you regularly read your Bible and pray prior to the crisis?

75% – Yes

25% – No

Did you regularly read your Bible and pray following the crisis?

78% – Yes

22% – No

Did the crisis make it difficult to talk to God?

80% – No

20% – Yes

Did the crisis make it difficult to attend worship services?

75% – No

25% – Yes

Which of the following helped after the crisis?

38% – Spending time with others

28% – Attending worship service

19% – Physical activities such as walking and exercising

7% – Listening to music

5% – Hobbies

3% – Volunteering

126 active members of Churches of Christ were polled to arrive at the results of the survey above.

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