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ABCs of Healthy Grieving

ABCs of Healthy Grieving

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Nationally recognized grief educator Harold Ivan Smith brings over twenty-five years of professional experience in grief recovery to ABCs of Healthy Grieving. Seventy-two brief suggestions for healthy grieving, each two-pages in length and titled starting with a letter of the alphabet followed by an "I Can" statement, encourage those suffering the loss of a loved one to grow through grief spiritually and emotionally. One particular aspect of living with grief day-to-day is introduced with relevant quotes and short excerpts. Readers can read ABCs of Healthy Grieving cover to cover, or choose a single topic to help them through their day.
Beyond the Broken Heart: Small Group DVD: A Journey Through Grief

Beyond the Broken Heart: Small Group DVD: A Journey Through Grief

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How does the heart understand grief when it is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. Beyond the Broken Heart is an eight-week support and ministry program for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Author Julie Yarbrough chronicles her personal experience combined with a deep love of Scripture and years of leading grief support groups to create an authentic and deeply personal exploration of the grief journey.

The Small Group DVD contains eight video segments and two bonus sessions featuring the author and a licensed professional counselor. Each segment provides an introduction to the topic for the week while helping participants relate to the life experiences and stories of others who are familiar with the pain of loss and grief.

"Julie Yarbrough has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and experienced the pain and anguish of great grief, and she knows firsthand the comfort and strength that only God can provide. I commend this remarkable grief ministry program to you highly." --James W. Moore, Pastor in Residence, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas

"With wisdom informed by her own experience and a warm regard for those who grieve, Julie Yarbrough guides the brokenhearted on an honest journey toward acceptance and hope. A refreshingly excellent resource for grief support." --Stephan Bauman, Senior Minister, Christ Church New York City

"Julie Yarbrough weaves understanding, care, and comfort together in such a way that the seemingly intolerable becomes tolerable, one breath at a time. This resource provides everything you need to promote, establish, and conduct grief groups throughout the year." --Judith Bone, Director of Adult Discipleship, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee

Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times

Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times

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When someone is grieving, what should you say? How can you help? How do you comfort without offering shallow platitudes? The Book of Comforts stands in the gap between suffering and hope, offering readers the abiding comfort found in Scripture and personal experience.

The Book of Comforts is unlike other books on grief--with beautiful four-color interiors, an inviting format with brief devotions, and a ribbon marker. Readers will gain:

  • Long-term comfort from scripturally focused entries
  • A deeper understanding of their grief, loss, and pain, and discover the richness of God's love
  • A meaningful way to walk through hurt, heartache, challenges, and difficulty through the truth of God's Word
  • Scripture deals plainly and honestly with suffering and simultaneously points people to the rich hope we find in God. The Book of Comforts is a beautiful and comforting gift for those in hard places--because even though we don't always know what to say, the gift of divine consolation is always helpful.

    Carrying Them with Us: Living Through Pregnancy or Infant Loss (Living with Hope)

    Carrying Them with Us: Living Through Pregnancy or Infant Loss (Living with Hope)

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    Carrying Them with Us: Living through Pregnancy and Infant Loss is a reflection on what pastors David Engelstad and Catherine Malotky have learned since the day in 1984 when their eight-week-old daughter Erin died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    Drawing on their own loss, they offer themselves as companions to parents who struggle to deal with the end of an eagerly anticipated pregnancy or the death of a joyfully welcomed baby. Readers will find in Carrying Them with Us comfort and wisdom, a spiritual perspective, and practical guidance.

    The authors also invite into this journey the caregivers--family, clergy and medical professionals, and friends--who accompany grieving parents.

    The book is organized around five questions the authors have found central to many parents' unfolding story: (1) How can this have happened? (2) Why do I feel like this? (3) How do I keep going? (4) What do I make of life after this? And (5) Who am I becoming?

    Engelstad and Malotky show readers a path from devastating sadness toward healing, a way for grieving parents to keep going and, one day, to embrace new life.

    Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (Anniversary)

    Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (Anniversary)

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    This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.

    The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought-provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book. This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.
    Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

    Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

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    In this moving and compassionate classic--now updated with new material from the authors--hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years' experience tending the terminally ill.

    Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts--of wisdom, faith, and love--that the dying leave for the living to share.

    Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

    Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks Toward Hope

    Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks Toward Hope

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    A wise, honest companion for the journey through grief and loss.

    Whether you are struggling with your own loss or walking with a friend or family member who is grieving, you know the journey is not smooth or straightforward. The Good Grief Devotional offers wise, honest companionship to those who are struggling with a divorce, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or another major life transition.

    Pastor Brent D. Christianson's 52 devotions follow the ten stages of grief outlined in Granger Westberg's helpful bestseller Good Grief, originally published in 1968. Millions of people have found comfort and validation for their grief, understanding their feelings and discovering helpful ways to live with loss while moving toward a new reality.

    Christianson begins each section of the grief stages with a reflection on that aspect of loss and then considers what the stage means for the reader's self-understanding and relationships with God and others, including creation. Each devotion ends with questions to think about and talk about with another person, healing actions one might take, and a prayer.

    The Good Grief Devotional provides inviting, pastoral care, helps readers face the reality of loss, and points toward hope. Readers will return to this devotion and collection of meditations year after year as they progress through their journey.

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    Good Grief Journal: A Journey Toward Healing

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    From that beginning of this work, the author offers a path for those who grieve, whether the loss is from a physical death, a looming divorce, declining health, bankruptcy, or some other wound. Each of the 10 meditations in this journal corresponds to a stage of grief as outlined in Granger Westberg's classic book "Good Grief."
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    Grief Light: Reflections on Grief

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    " Grief Light is for anyone who is grieving. From her personal perspective on the "light" side of grief, the author illuminates many of the universal truths of grief through practical, spiritual illustrations and examples from ordinary life. Written in an informal, approachable style, each brief meditation offers grief insight through the rich imagery of stories and scenes from everyday experience, supported by Scripture and a prayer idea. Through these positive, uplifting reflections on life and love and death, you will discern how your faith can grow as a gift of grief through the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. When you read these "almost devotionals," you may think, "Oh yes, that happened to me" or "Now I understand more about what it is I'm feeling" or "I thought I was the only one who'd ever experienced that" or "There's really some plain talk here about human nature." Grief Light also addresses some of the more contemporary, yet seldom fully acknowledged issues that surround grief, including collective/communal grief, incomplete grief, compound grief, and complicated grief. The hope is that the heart and spiritual truths of Grief Light will guide you toward a better understanding of your grief and direct you away from the darkness, toward the light of new life."
    Grief Received: What to Do When Loss Leaves You Empty-Handed (Living with Hope)

    Grief Received: What to Do When Loss Leaves You Empty-Handed (Living with Hope)

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    "In A Grief Received, JL Gerhardt offers a personal, authentic, and practical approach to weathering grief with hope. Writing with deep insight, she draws on the loss of her younger brother when she was 21 and other personal experiences of grief. Through nine practices grieving people can adopt to position themselves to receive the gifts of grief, Gerhardt sheds light on a path to personal transformation. Chapters include personal reflection questions and suggested resources. Readers will feel comforted, directed, and inspired to seek God and God's shaping in their grief."--Publisher's website.