A chapter is devoted to the loss of a child as it is a uniquely painful experience. There is a discussion how working with families who have lost children is the single most difficult thing to watch a family go through and seems to be the most difficult thing for a family to endure, which is why there is a full chapter focusing on the impact and unique circumstances surrounding this tremendous loss.
It does not make any difference how brave or strong we may be, or think we can be, we must call grief and sorrow by their right names in order to comprehend what is happening and again remember that God tells us that "there is a time to mourn." We should not, by any reflection or semantics, minimize what we are going through when death removes a loved one. The fact remains: someone we loved is deceased. That someone is gone from our lives. We are human, and miss deeply that person. This is one of the reasons why death is called "an enemy" by God.
Losing a loved one reminds us of how fragile we all are. In the end life isn't about money, success, power, happiness, etc.; it is about relationships-relationships, with fellow human beings and a relationship with God.
This book is intended to contribute comfort, peace, hope and healing in some measure to all who open its pages.
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About the Author
As a pastor of forty years I have had to deal with the death of loved ones on a regular basis. Often I am asked, "What can I read on that would be helpful in dealing with such loss?" I believe this book meets the need of those with such a burning question.
Lars Wilhelmsson writes with 40 years of pastoral experience and has worked with and counseled many singles and couples who have suffered the loss of a loved one. He has pastored churches in California, Minnesota and Connecticut and has authored seven books and numerous articles for Christian periodicals.
He is part time professor at Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, N.Y. and he has taught as adjunct professor in various institutions of higher learning including Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, where he received a master's degree and doctorate in historical and practical theology.
He has been a regular lecturer and preacher in Lima, Peru, for the past 20 years and has been involved in humanitarian relief work in Cuba for several years.
Lars and his wife Nancy have five children and four grandchildren.