The Unwanted Gift of Grief: A Ministry Approach

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Learn how to embrace the painful gift of grief and use it for transformation and healing as you journey through the wilderness to a promised life The Unwanted Gift of Grief is a passionate, practical guide through the grieving process for those who have suffered loss and those who care for them. Rather than talking people out of their grief as the way to make them feel better, this unique book invites them into grief and pain as the way to healing and hope. Using in-depth ministry and counseling conversations and personal experiences it closely describes the journey through loss and grief. This book presents sophisticated yet simple methods for embracing grief and using it as a pathway to emotional and spiritual growth and profound transformation and healing. This powerful book is equally valuable as a gift from a minister to a grieving person, as a professional guide for ministers and counselors, and as a training tool for lay ministers and congregation members. Built on the ministry concept of sojourning, The Unwanted Gift of Grief offers guidelines to be used in helping people in their journey through the adjustment period that follows a loss, a time that may include the darkness of disbelief, frustration, anger, sadness, depression, and healing light as they make their way through the wilderness of grief.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789029508
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Religion and Mental Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 706,446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Claypool, Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: The Unwanted Gift. Grief As Gratitude, Grief As Gift. Everyone Grieves Differently. Factors That Affect the Wilderness of Grief. Part II: The Wilderness of Grief. Unbelievable Darkness. Frustration and Anger Amid "Why?" Praying for a Miracle. Wrestling with Sadness and Depression. Healing: Experiencing the Light Again. And Yet…We Never Forget! Part III: Sojourners in the Wilderness—How to Help. Being a Sojourner. Sojourning with Those in Unbelievable Darkness. Sojourning with Those Frustrated and Angry Amid "Why?" Sojourning with Those Praying for a Miracle. Sojourning with Those Wrestling with Sadness and Depression. Sojourning with Those in Healing and Light. Part IV: More Ways toward Transformation. Marriage: Tough Enough Without Grief. Ways of Making It through the Wilderness of Grief. Notes. Suggested Reading. Index.

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