Good Grief-Drama Skit

Good Grief-Drama Skit

Themes: Grief; dealing with grief; how the grieving process can be helpful; various aspects of grief; how grief affects your life; recognizing grief; accepting grief
Categories: Life Situations, Christian Living, Topical 

This is a monologue personifying Grief.  Grief is portrayed as a person, talking to the audience, telling them ways in which Grief has entered their lives. This may or may not be obvious to the audience at the beginning, but as the skit develops, the audience begins to "catch on," until Grief finally reveals himself near the end. Most people look upon grief as a bad thing, but in this monologue, Grief shows us how it can be a positive impact and how it can move us toward peace and acceptance, if we will embrace it and learn the lessons it has to teach us.

Style: Monologue

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Characters: 1 (1 Neutral)
Length: 5-8 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Monologue opens with the actor, dressed in gray, standing with his/her head down.  After 3-5 seconds of silence, the actor slowly looks up and glances around at the audience.  The look on the actor's face is one of sorrow or sadness.  When the actor speaks, the tone should be soft and compassionate. 

(Monologue begins.  The actor looks out into the audience, speaking to no one in particular, speaking to all): 

            It's quiet again. That's why I'm here, isn't it?  I always come when it's quiet.  I can hear your heart beating in the broken stillness.  I sense the tears about to flow.  You know I'm here, don't you?  Of course you do.  We've become very well acquainted over the past few months.  We've been inseparable.  Others have told you to distance yourself from me, but you're not ready yet. Don't worry, you will be'someday.   

            Don't let the others fool you.  It took them awhile too. They've needed me along the way, and I've always been there for them.  Sometimes I've been their friend and sometimes I've been their foe, but it was always their choice. Just as it is yours. I can make you stronger, or I can completely destroy you.  It's up to you. 

But I'm not a monster.  Please don't think of me that way.  No, quite the contrary; I'm an important and necessary part of life, but no one ever seems to want me around.  You don't really want me around either, do you?  (pause) No, I didn't think so. I understand.  I'm unique though; you have to admit that.  You can't contain me: I have no boundaries or limitations.  I have no time limit, no expiration date.  I'm as individual as a snowflake.  

I'm not perfect though.  I know that. Anger and sadness often accompany me.  I can be full of loneliness and hopelessness, as well as bitterness and hatred.  But I can also be hopeful and accepting, full of warmth, bringing fond memories full of joy.  Not many see that side of me, though. 

I think I'm misunderstood.  When I come near, you tend to run. You try to deny my existence.  You're afraid I'll knock you down and you won't be able to get back up again.  I understand your does happen sometimes.  I don't do it on purpose but you should know that I am not someone to be taken lightly or dismissed easily.  Time is really what I need: time to be investigated, analyzed and considered.  I will affect every aspect of your life, but how I do it is completely up to you.    

If you're not careful, I could cripple you, even if you've been strong and independent all your life. I don't mean to but inevitably it happens. (looking in a non-specific area of the audience) You know what I'm talking about, don't you?  I was there the day you opened your front door, and heard the words every parent dreads: .There's been an accident..  I caused the weakness in your knees, and the nausea in your stomach as you collapsed to the floor.  Because of me, you were inconsolable and the choking sobs wouldn't subside.  I'm so sorry for that.