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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: A Journey Through Grief (Anniversary) (10TH ed.)

Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief (Anniversary) (10TH ed.)

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How do you understand grief when your heart is broken by the death of a loved one?


To survive and live forward, you must find answers. Beyond the Broken Heart is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Author Julie Yarbrough chronicles her personal experience combined with a deep love of Scripture and shares an authentic and deeply personal journey through grief. The book explains both the spiritual and practical issues of grief and suggests specific strategies to guide you back to fulness of life. This book is also designed to be used as the participant book for grief support groups and grief ministry programs.


This edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of this profoundly helpful guide through the journey of grief.

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.

Grief Light: Reflections on Grief

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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Discover hope, comfort, transformation--the gifts given in grief

Too often, we think of loss like we might a broken bone. We leave the bone alone, protect it from bumps, and wait. We think eventually everything will go back to normal, the same as it always was. But losing a loved one is nothing like a broken arm. Loss is amputation, and the path to healing doesn't lead back to the same, only ahead to the different. A Grief Received offers a personal, authentic, and practical approach to weathering grief with hope. Writing with deep insight, JL Gerhardt draws on the loss of her younger brother when she was twenty-one, other personal experiences of grief, and her work in ministry alongside her husband, a minister and chaplain. Through nine practices grieving people can adopt to position themselves to receive the gifts of grief, Gerhardt provides touchstones readers will recognize and a path to personal transformation. Each chapter includes personal reflection questions and suggested resources. Gerhardt assumes the role of friend, partner, and speaker of sometimes-inconvenient but always-helpful truths. Readers will walk away comforted, directed, and inspired to seek God and God's shaping in their grief.

Grievers Ask: Answers to Questions about Death and Loss

Grievers Ask: Answers to Questions about Death and Loss

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In his counseling work, Harold Ivan Smith has heard all the questions - even the most obscure, personal, and difficult ones - that occur to grievers as they process their loss. Here he compiles more than 150 common questions, explores the emotions behind them, and provides clear and forthright responses. Whether readers find the answers they seek, new perspectives to ponder, or comfort from knowing that others ask similar questions, this valuable resource will guide individuals who are in the midst of grief and those who wish to provide comfort.

Grieving: A Beginner's Guide

Grieving: A Beginner's Guide

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There is no sure route through grieving. Jerusha McCormack provides instead a series of signposts by which we may find our own path to a new life. "We are all amateurs at grief," she writes, "it comes to us all; we must all go through it. To treat grief as a problem to be fixed, or (worse still) to medicalize it, is to rob us of the extraordinary privilege of encountering this experience on our terms: for each of us has our own way of grieving, and each of us has something special to learn from the process."
Guest Book In Loving Memory Charcoal
Guest Book In Loving Memory Charcoal

Guest Book In Loving Memory Charcoal

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This guest book for a memorial or funeral commemorates a life, and celebrates the memory of the other lives they touched.

  • 8 1/2 x 6 3/8
  • 160 Lined Pages
  • Lay-Flat Binding
  • Padded Faux Leather Hardcover Bound
  • Debossed Cover Design
  • Silver Foil Title & Accents
  • Packaged In Acetate Gift Box
  • Scripture On Each Page