Family and Friend Care Videos
Family and friend care videos present real people who share stories of personal struggles. Each video comes with a companion application/discussion guide which includes a summary of the video key points, suggestions for use, discussion starters, and relevant scripture. Please check back as we regularly add new content.
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This video, from the perspective of a survivor, a Christian therapist, and a pastor reinforces the idea that the thing that will help people be put back together the most is friendship and a sense of community.
Survivor and pastor Dan shares his experience with the stigma he felt and some thoughts on the way a church can respond. Therapist and survivor Allie gives input on providing care and ministry in a personal and authentic way.
Some of us haven’t walked through hopelessness and it’s hard to know what to do for someone who’s hopeless. Real survivors and professionals share practical strategies for ministering to those in need individually and through the church.
Counselor Caroline Jones describes practical actions that can be use for people who are suffering and discusses her views on the theology of suffering; God grieves over our suffering, He never leaves us alone in our suffering, and there is an eternal remedy for suffering.
Therapist Tom Colbert shares how to fundamentally help people with trauma through building an arena of respect. Tom presents 3 simple but challenging steps to create an environment of respect so that suffering people understand that your church is willing and prepared to care for them.
Pastor Tim talks about the trauma of coming home from church to find that his wife had attempted suicide. A first hand account of a church leader who is faced with a life changing event. Tim shares a wonderful example of loving care and support they received.
Survivors, Pastors, and counselors talk about common mistakes that some of us make when we try to support people with mental health needs. Our words and even scripture can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and exclusion for survivors. Positive suggestions and strategies are shared.
Therapist Julie Hull on responding to trauma. Sometimes our response to someone in pain can miss the mark because we try to respond with empathy when we haven’t actually been in their shoes. Empathy requires shared experience. Julie shares a few specific things a church can do to respond well.
Trauma creates hard questions; does time heal? where do I find my hope? etc. Therapist Julie Hull talks about finding hope after the death of her husband and how we as the church can help bear the weight when death challenges our hope and faith. Julie contrasts earthly and eternal healing.
Sometimes the best way to support someone is to just sit along side them in their suffering. Counselor Caroline shares the importance of enlisting the right knowledge, perspective and people when supporting those who are suffering.
Survivor Rob shares the feelings and thought he went through during his time of isolation. Pastor Paul shares advice from his own trauma experience on how to react when trauma becomes part of your story.
Unless we’ve lived through the loss of a child we can’t really know the depth of that pain. After the loss of her son, Lyn was deeply hurt by the words of a friend who had an outsiders perspective. Lyn shares her guidance on how to care for those in the depth of grief.
Julie is a therapist who lost her husband to cancer. She relate the experience of sharing the news of Ken’s illness with their young son. Julie presents recommendations of ways the church can support families going through similar events.
Lisa shares the journey of feelings and perceptions she went through in the years following trauma. Counselor Jenita guides caregivers to focus on listening as the first tool in responding to people in pain.
Pastor Tom Gonzalez describe how we resemble Christ when we are distressed, and the importance of expressing our emotions. He shares practical guidance for communicating with someone in distress.
Survivor Jessica shares some things she learned about grief through trauma. Counselor Allie talks about the presence of grief in the Bible. Counselor and survivor Karen shares the importance of creating environments where people feel safe asking for help.
Brad talks about the ways people responded after the death of his son Logan. Pastor Paul talks about the experience of leading his church while in the depth of grief over his murdered son.
Meridel is the mother of three Caucasian children and five African-American children. Her perspective provides a unique opportunity to understand ways society and the church could do better in the area of racial reconciliation.
Steve speaks openly of living with his wife’s mental illness for nearly 3 decades. He describes the difficulty that he and his children faced, and how faithful God was to send help.
Justin shares his experience as a young person with mental illness and thoughts of suicide. Pastors Paul and Deb discuss ways the church can create a culture that reflects God’s love where people can safely seek help.
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