The Ministry of Consolers (Collegeville Ministry Series)

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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.


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Editorial Reviews

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A useful and informative book on grief ministry. It is easy to read and provides opportunities for ministers to reflect on their own loss and spiritual inventory. It takes one through many facets of the grief process and offers helpful suggestions to the grief minister as he or she ministers to the bereaved. Curley reminds us often that there is no time limit for the grief process and that compassionate listening is the key to understanding what we can do to assist the bereaved in that process.
New Theology Review

This book is highly recommended for all wishing to develop and improve skills and awareness.
Pastoral Music

This work should be counted among the top accessible guides for ordained and lay ministers alike.
Pastoral Music

The Ministry of Consolers gives a thorough and sound presentation of ministering to the grieving.
Pastoral Music

Fr. Curley has written a book not to be left on the parish library shelf. This is a daily reference for both the Pastor and all those called to the Ministry of Consolation. What a great gift for the newly ordained, or any anniversary of Ordination.
Deacon Ray Deabel, National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814630204
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Collegeville Ministry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Father Terence P. Curley, D.Min., 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. He has written numerous publications specializing in the area of separation and loss, including The Ministry of Consolers from the Collegeville Ministry series, published by Liturgical Press.
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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
Notes 90
Grief Topics and Bibliography 92
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    A Comprhensive Guide for Grief

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    An Ongoing Grief Resource

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    Finding your place in the ministry of consolation

    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.

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