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Overcoming Grief and Trauma
by Mel Lawrenz & Daniel Green (c) 1995.
(Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI). All rights reserved.

[Answer 11 of 15 questions correctly to receive
10 hours of Continuing Education credit.]


Defining Grief and Trauma (p 27-41)
1. Which is NOT true?
a. Grief is a natural reaction to a loss.
b. All trauma produces grief.
c. All grief is the result of trauma.
d. Trauma results in an inability to function properly.

2. For an adult, a trauma would be
a. the death of a pet.
b. a friend moving away.
c. moving a grandparent into a nursing home.
d. bankruptcy.

Grief, Trauma & a Biblical Worldview (p 43-68)
3. The Bible teaches that we suffer primarily because
a. God is punishing us for our sinfulness.
b. we don’t take proper care of ourselves.
c. we don’t listen to good advice.
d. the world is in a state of decay.

4. A pastoral counselor can be most helpful to a person who is suffering by
a. asking “Why?”
b. distracting the person from the loss.
c. promising that healing will come soon.
d. modeling the love and presence of God.

5. In the Bible, people who got angry at God for their suffering
a. still maintained a longing for God and His presence.
b. evidenced a lack of faith.
c. were scolded or punished by God for their reaction.
d. serve as an example for us to not become angry at God.

Grief: Coming to Terms with Loss (p 69-102)
6. The word “bereave” is derived from a root word that means
a. to weep.
b. to be brought low.
c. to have something stolen.
d. to let go willingly.

7. It is TRUE that
a. the longer a person grieves, the more they loved someone.
b. the pattern of grief is different for each person.
c. grief should run its course between 3-12 months.
d. a small loss will not produce an intense grief.

8. Following the death of a child,
a. religious commitments increase.
b. family values increase.
c. marital conflict increases.
d. all of the above.

9. In contrast to a grieving person, a depressed person
a. will receive acts of kindness.
b. wants to tell stories and feelings to others.
c. finds little comfort in others.
d. focuses on the loss.

Trauma: Overwhelming Our Capacity to Cope (p 103-130)
10. The pioneering work of ________ described the body’s 3-fold response to stress: the alarm stage, the resistance stage and the exhaustion stage.
a. Eulenburg
b. Sigmund Freud
c. Hans Selye
d. Oppenheim

11. Trauma deprives us of
a. worth.
b. self-respect.
c. reputation.
d. power.

12. A successful businessman who loses his son in a boating accident would be inclined to experience
a. a decreasing interest in material things.
b. a decreasing interest in relationships.
c. an increasing interest in financial gain.
d. an increasing interest in career status/power.

From Victim to Survivor (p 131-145)
13. “Secondary wounding” occurs when
a. a second trauma takes place right after the first one.
b. people distance themselves from the traumatized person.
c. the traumatized person is recovering well and then has a setback.
d. none of the above.

14. The fact that the majority of people raised in alcoholic homes function well and do not become alcoholic is an example of
a. overcompensation.
b. secondary wounding.
c. the damage model.
d. resiliency.

Counseling Grieving and Traumatized People (p 147-169)
15. The pastoral counselor should
a. assume that hurting people want to be left alone.
b. protect the grieving person from family members who give detrimental advice.
c. distract the grieving person from thinking about the loss.
d. gently explain to the grieving person how “it could have been worse.”