As We Grieve: Discoveries of Grace in Sorrow

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Rooted in the Christian faith, this book helps readers deal with grief, offering anecdotes from those who have lost loved ones and strategies on dealing with feelings of sadness and loss.

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Overview

Rooted in the Christian faith, this book helps readers deal with grief, offering anecdotes from those who have lost loved ones and strategies on dealing with feelings of sadness and loss.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984230600
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Co.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,143,040
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A former President/Creative Director of an award-winning advertising agency, Groft, now a personal essayist, also uses her communications skills listening to the dying and those they leave behind, volunteering with hospice patients and facilitating writing workshops for the bereaved. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and is the author of a memoir, Riding the Dog: My Father's Journey Home.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Perfect for working through any kind of grief.

    This book is an easy, inspirational read. I first read it through the public library and then purchased several copies to share with friends and one to keep to have on hand to share with someone who might be going through a period of grieving. The stories the writer shares are inspiring and comforting, they also remind you that you're not alone as you grieve, that others have felt this pain. Groft's subtle testament to her faith shines through as if casting a warmth on the moments she shares. Even the cover of the book is soothing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    Author Offers Gifts to Finding Comfort in Our Most Sorrowful Time

    The loss of someone we love can leave us feeling alone and bereft. Jan Groft, has a gift for you; nine gifts, to be exact, of hope and healing in times of sorrow.

    In addition to examining the depths of her own grief experience and the solace she discovered there, Groft reached out to others to learn how they dealt with their losses. She then graciously shared these stories and insights in a touching, poignant look at how to find comfort amidst great sorrow.

    Nurturing a heart open to recognizing moments of grace is key, according to Groft, for these moments often arrive unexpectedly, taking us by surprise. "There are endless ways we might be lifted from our deepest sorrow to feel the warmth and power of love," wrote Groft. "It is in these moments, I believe, that we are blessed with the gift of hope."

    For some, noted Groft, a sense of peace arises from encountering the dying or the deceased in a new light. This is the gift of discovery, received in one instance by a family of siblings treated to an unbiased view of their dying father through words of farewell offered by his caregivers. In another, Groft herself recognizes her own misguided sense of responsibility and is able to re-define a trying relationship with her deceased mother.

    "It can be a gift to encounter a glimpse of the dying or the deceased through new eyes," Groft wrote, "for if we decide to embrace this enlightened perspective, we may enjoy enriched relationships, meaningful exchanges or the will to forgive or receive forgiveness, endeavors that unveil God's healing grace."

    Each gift, according to Groft, is similar to an embrace, and the choice to accept it or not is ours. The gift of memories, for example, may "take us by surprise like trick candles on a birthday cake suddenly reigniting," she wrote, or we may purposefully call them forth to pay tribute. One memory may be inspired by a photo or memento, while another is summoned through a tribute initiated by survivors, such as a Maryland baseball field constructed in honor of a beloved ten-year-old who had "loved to put on his uniform and run out to the mound and start a game," according to his grieving father.

    "For those who grieve, the essential element we must allow ourselves- however brief or vast we require it to be - is time," wrote Groft. "If we feel ready and when we feel ready, remembering the past, as someone once said, gives power to the present."

    As unlikely as it may seem, humor is another gift Groft cited as offering comfort in grief. She recounted stories of humorous reminiscence shared at memorial services, quips made by patients from their hospital beds, even the punchy laughter that comes from plain exhaustion. Just as we must let the tears flow, she suggested, laughter filled with genuine love can be cleansing. This kind of respite deep in the heart, she pointed out, is often offered among the safety of family and close friends.

    "When family surrounds us permitting us to laugh and be who we are, tension can be broken and healing kicks in," noted Groft.

    Story after story of grieving men and women of various ages and various walks of life illuminate Groft's hope-filled message of the grace that can be found and embraced amidst grief. In addition to discovery, memories and humor, the gifts of strength, faith, art, wisdom, gratitude and community are all addressed through these touching moments she gathered and graciously shared.

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