The Ministry of Consolers (Collegeville Ministry Series)by Terence P. Curley
Pub. Date: 09/28/2004
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
The Ministry of Consolers will help you find your place within grief ministry, as well as plan the ministry from first response to spiritual guidance. Curley pays attention to al the factors contributing to a grief minister's multifaceted work, including parish support and his or her own loss history. Symptoms of loss, trust, and hints for conversations with/i>
The Ministry of Consolers will help you find your place within grief ministry, as well as plan the ministry from first response to spiritual guidance. Curley pays attention to al the factors contributing to a grief minister's multifaceted work, including parish support and his or her own loss history. Symptoms of loss, trust, and hints for conversations with the grieving are topics touched by this detailed and sensitive guide. This book helps grief ministers through the reaching-out process and is a necessary tool for parishes, hospices, educational institutions, and al those attending to the bereaved.
Chapters are Grief Ministry and Those Who Minister," *The Grief Minister as Helper, - *The Grief Minister as Spiritual Guide, - *The Grief Minister and the Grieving Child, - *The Grief Minister and Religious Expression, - *The Grief Minister and Anniversary Affect, - *The Grief Minister and Journal Writing, - *The Grief Minister and Teenage Loss, - *The Grief Minister and Liturgy Preparation, - *The Grief Minister as Compassionate Listener. - Also includes Appendix, Notes, and Selected Bibliography.
Father Terence P. Curley, DMin, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Nahant, Massachusetts, is a licensed mental health counselor with over twenty years of experience ministering to the grieving. He is also an adjunct staff member of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston, and has published books, articles, and given workshops.
Table of Contents
|1.||Grief Ministry and Those Who Minister||5|
|2.||Grief Minister as Helper||13|
|3.||Grief Minister as Spiritual Guide||25|
|4.||Grief Minister and the Grieving Child||34|
|5.||Grief Minister and Religious Expression||43|
|6.||Grief Minister and Anniversary Affect||49|
|7.||Grief Minister and Journal Writing||58|
|8.||Grief Minister and Teenage Loss||67|
|9.||Grief Minister and Liturgy Preparation||74|
|10.||Grief Minister as Compassionate Listener||83|
|Grief Topics and Bibliography||92|
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This book is a rich addition for those who want to minister to the bereaved. It is an excellent training manual and an overall introduction to the multi-dimensional aspects of grief ministry. It presents strategies, information, definitions, and empathic resourcefulness. If you want to sharpen skills or introduce others to the ministry, this is the work to use.
Any one who wants to explore the many dimensions for ways to console will find this very valuable. This book is unique as it explores the multifaceted aspects of ministry. It has healing spiritual, psychological, and social aspects not before explored in this total context. The frustration in helping people to find their place in ministry will end when this book is utilized. It provides those who want to minister to the bereaved with basic skills and outlines for effective ministry. In itself Fr. Curley's book is a complete outline for any parish or institution wanting to start or enhance an already existing grief program. Once in awhile a book like this comes along. It is the product of considerable scholarship and experience throughout the years put forth in readable and meaningful ways for those who want to be minsiters of care.
This work is a comprehnsive way of experiencing the Ministry of Consolation. Anyone who wants to participate and minister in grief ministry will find this work very valuable. It sorts out the multifaceted aspects of caring for the bereaved. This work is a tool for ministering which is unique in it's approach. In working with hospice, hospitals, elderly, parish grief programs, children, and teenagers this work is a real resource. It ought to be on evryone's bookshelf readily available to go back to time and again.