The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks Toward Hope

The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks Toward Hope

by Brent Christianson


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A wise, honest companion for the journey through grief

Whether you are struggling with your own grief or walking with a friend or family member who is grieving, you know the journey is not smooth or straightforward. The Good Grief Devotional offers wise, honest companionship to those who are struggling with the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job, or another major life transition.

Pastor Brent D. Christianson's fifty-two devotions follow the ten stages of grief outlined in Granger Westberg's helpful book Good Grief, published in 1968. Millions of people have found in it validation for their grief, understanding of their feelings, and a way to live through grief and into a new reality.

Christianson begins each stage with a reflection on that aspect of grief and then considers what the stage means for the reader's self-understanding and relationships with other people, creation, and God. Each devotion ends with questions to think about and talk about with another person, healing actions one might take, and a prayer.

The Good Grief Devotional provides pastoral care, faces the reality of loss, and points the way to hope. Readers will want to return to this collection year after year as they are changed by their journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506453071
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Series: Good Grief Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 449,461
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brent D. Christianson is a retired pastor (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) who served parishes in Wisconsin and Minnesota for ten years and in campus ministry for twenty-five years. His poetry has been published in books and journals, and he has written studies for the ELCA. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Northfield, Minnesota. They have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents

1 When Hope Is Hard
Stage One: We Are in a State of Shock
2. To Stand at a Distance
3. When You DonÂt Feel ÃWonderfully MadeÄ: Shock and Yourself
4. If You Want to Talk: Shock and Others
5. In Bodies So Breakable: Shock and Creation
6. Draw Near, O Love: Shock and God
Stage Two: We Express Emotion
7. Sighs Too Deep for Words
8. Sometimes We Need Yells: Emotions and Yourself
9. Wounded Healers All: Emotions and Others
10. Dialogues with the World Around Us: Emotions and Creation
11. Being Honest with God: Emotions and God
Stage Three: We Feel Depressed and Lonely
12. A Necessary Slowing Down
13. Sometimes, a Stranger: Depression and Yourself
14. An Invisible Blanket: Depression and Others
15. When the Full Moon Is Hidden: Depression and Creation
16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord: Depression and God
Stage Four: We May Experience Physical Symptoms of Distress
17. I Am Weary with My Crying
18. I Just DonÂt Feel Like Myself: Your Body and Yourself
19. He Looks Up and Says ÃThanksÄ: Your Body and Others
20. To Rest in the Grace of the World: Your Body and Creation
21. Touched by GodÂs Own Presence: Your Body and God
Stage Five: We May Become Panicky
22. Am I Losing My Mind?
23. When We Feel Powerless: Panic and Yourself
24. The Presence of One Who Shares: Panic and Others
25. The Promise of the Rainbow: Panic and Creation
26. A Healing Voice: Panic and God
Stage Six: We Feel a Sense of Guilt about the Loss
27. Create in Me a Clean Heart
28. We CanÂt Avoid It: Guilt and Yourself
29. We Do Have Options: Guilt and Others
30. To Blame or to Accept: Guilt and Creation
31. Steadfast Love and Mercy: Guilt and God
Stage Seven: We Are Filled with Anger and Resentment
32. A Gap µ An Emptiness
33. Wrestling Our Resentments: Anger and Yourself
34. We DonÂt Need a Scapegoat: Anger and Others
35. The Ability to Say Goodbye: Anger and Creation
36. Disappointed?: Anger and God
Stage Eight: We Resist Returning
37. To Remember, To Forget
38. Who Am I?: Returning and Yourself
39. Go Home to Your Friends: Returning and Others
40. For the Winter Is Now Past: Returning and Creation
41. An End to Childish Ways: Returning and God
Stage Nine: Gradually Hope Comes Through
42. Something Quite Unexpected
43. The Blue Water Ahead: Hope and Yourself
44. FriendshipsÇNew and Renewed: Hope and Others
45. All Nature Sings: Hope and Creation
46. Simple Things: Hope and God
Stage Ten: We Struggle to Affirm Reality
47. Not as Those Who Have No Hope
48. A New Home: Reality and Yourself
49. People Who Need People: Reality and Others
50. A Renewed World: Reality and Creation
51. The Day the Lord Has Made: Reality and God
52. Grief and Hope

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