He was a man of wide culture and was interested in philosophy and theology as well as the sciences. As the years went by Griffith Evans was increasingly attracted to the borderland between these disciplines and pure medicine. In time, and with the support of a number of friends, he established the Centre of Spiritual Healing at Caernarfon , and he was elected first chairman of the Healing Committee of his denomination. Thereafter his active interest extended to the London Healing Mission , and his support reached the stage that he decided to move to London , making his home at Melbury Road , Kensington , and becoming a member of Charing Cross Chapel in 1958 .
By this time his close association with Spiritual Healing had apparently weakened his relationship with orthodox medicine. It was in the sphere of Christian healing that he maintained his interest, and in this area he centred his theoretical studies. He enriched his mind by wide reading, and he wrote quite extensively, mainly in English , in an attempt to distil the observations of contemporary experts. These issues have always presented serious medical and ethical problems but it was generally admitted that the vagueness and imprecision of his contributions were such that the articles were almost incomprehensible to doctors and laymen alike.
There is no doubt about the sincerity of his belief in the value of healing centres, nor in the thoroughness of his research, but it can scarcely be claimed that he succeeded in transmitting his enthusiasm to his professional colleagues, nor could their inherent conservatism be held entirely responsible for this lack of response. Without doubt the motivation for his work was the strength of his Christian belief, and the realisation of the effect of mind and emotion on the ‘complete’ health of the individual. Notwithstanding the distinction of the earlier years of his medical career, Evans could not avoid the influence of an obsessional element when analysing the results of his observations, and it is not improper to record that this tendency was recognised by his contemporaries long before he embarked on his work in the Healing Ministry .
He m. Dilys Eames of Bangor in 1916 and there were no children of the marriage. He d. 20 Sept. 1966 in London and was buried in Llanbeblig cemetery, Caernarfon .
Emyr Wyn Jones, M.D., F.R.C.P., (1907-99), Pwllheli / Liverpool
Published date: 2001