Aids to managing the effects of the loss of a loved one rather than to allow the loss to manage you are not wanting. Most tend to require too much reading when you are too distraught to focus for more than a few moments. Others are often too technical to be of much use, going into greater detail about the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of bereavement than most of us are interested in or need to know. The six simple steps in this little booklet and the prayer exercises which follow take all of this into consideration as the author compassionately leads you to consider various things you can do to help you get through this crisis in your life. The steps outlined here are not hard and fast rules. People go through the various stages of grief in ways that differ from person to person. The steps are merely a suggested framework to assist you according to your own needs, imagination and creativity. The prayer guide in Part II provides healing resources that come from religious faith. In praying them, you are led through your own Good Friday to Easter and are helped to convert your hour of grief into a time of grace. Support groups as well as individuals will find much to assist them here. Space is provided for taking notes or keeping a journal.
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About the Author
Terence P. Curley, D.Min., is pastor of St. Susanna Parish in Dedham, MA. and an adjunct staff member of the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. A licensed Mental Health Counselor, he has ministered to the bereaved for the past two decades. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Boston University and has taught graduate courses at Lesley College Graduate School for Counseling Psychology and Expressive Therapy, Cambridge, MA and at Emmanuel College in Boston. He has several Alba House titles to his credit including The Ministry of Consolation: A Parish Guide for Comforting the Bereaved (1993), Healing the Broken-Hearted: Consoling the Grief-Stricken (1995), A Way of the Cross for the Bereaved (1996), Healing: Questions and Answers for Those Who Mourn (2002) and a video entitled Journey to Healing: A Ministry for the Bereaved (1995).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has become a classic way to assist individuals and groups to have an outline for going through grief. The model does not stress rigid or invariant steps. Rather based on the AA model it creates meaning. This is very much in keeping with the new psychology of loss. This book is set up to assist the bereaved in cultivating a more meaningful world view ion light of loss. The prayer guide utilizes the Psalms for spirituality an d at the same time pastoral care.This book placed in the hands of the bereaved is very meaningful. It goes beyond being a self help book, It utilizes the persons deep resources in faith and helps them to reconstruct their lives. This book along with the author's new title "Challenging the Landscape of Loss" brings new ways to effectively minister to the bereaved,
This title reflects ways to go through grief in a meaningful way. It utilizes a step approach to cope with life's losses. It is particularly helpful in identifying aspects of grief. It is very much needed especially for so many who are grieving loss due to violence. The special prayer guide is very helpful as we try to rebuild trust and hope in our lives.