How to Manage Grief

29 Aug 2014

I love that Kay Warren is speaking out!

Rick and Kay Warren's son died of suicide, and they started speaking out, which changed the conversation within a large population of the evangelical Vineyard movement. The church, as Christians refer to the totality of believers, has generally been cruel to the families of suicide loss. The church has also been cruel to believers who live with mental illness, often treating them as possessed by the devil. I know people whose pastors have tried to exorcize them when they were suffering the onset of psychosis. Guess what? Not only did the experience terrify them - making them think they WERE possessed - but also made them outcasts in their church community. So people come down with psychosis and end up terrified and alone at the hands of the people who should be helping them.

Erica KitzmanComment