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A Grief Unveiled: One Father's Journey Through the Death of a Child [Paperback]

By Gregory Floyd (Author) & Thomas Howard (Foreword by)
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It was a lazy afternoon in April, 1995, when the unthinkable happened. Siz-year old John-Paul, the youngest son of Gregory and Maureen Floyd was playing in the front lawn with his brother David when both were struck by an out-of-control car. Rushed to seperate hospitals, David survived with bruises, but John-Paul died instantly. In A Grief Unveiled, Floyd reveals his heart-breaking journey through the sorrow of losing a young child, as he deals not only with his own broken heart, but also with the struggle to reconstruct his role as husband, father, and protector. With rare candor, Floyd captures the almost indescribable moments of pain as well as the palpable moments of grace as he openly shares his struggle with the theological whys and the personal emotions that question the goodness of God. This book is a witness to the intimate presence of God in the midst of unbearable loss-offering hope to all who struggle.

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Gregory Floyd reveals his heart-breaking journey through the sorrow of losing his youngest son. He deals not only with his own broken heart, but also with the struggle to reconstruct his role as husband, father, and protector. A Grief Unveiled offers encouragement not only to those who have experienced the agony of losing a child, but also to anyone who has suffered a loss. This book is a witness to the intimate presence of God in the midst of unbearable grief.

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Studio: Paraclete Press (MA)
Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1999
Publisher   Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN  1557252157  
ISBN13  9781557252159  

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More About Gregory Floyd & Thomas Howard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gregory Floyd holds a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University, and an MA in Systematic Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. He has served as a missionary in England and Ireland, and is currently the senior coordinator of the People of Hope, a Catholic covenant community in New Jersey. Mr. Floyd is the President of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund, an organization that raises money for scholarships for inner-city children. The Floyds and their younger children live in Warren, New Jersey.

Gregory Floyd currently resides in Warren, in the state of New Jersey. Gregory Floyd was born in 1954.

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Outstanding Catholic Bereavement Resource  Feb 29, 2008
I am a Catholic priest, and I stumbled across this book on this site while searching for bereavement resources for a family that had just lost a child. In it, a devout Catholic father graphically walks you through his family's experience of suddenly losing his seven year old son. It is heart wrenching, deeply moving, and beautifully inspirational. It's a relatively short book, and easy enough to read, but the average reader may be shocked by the extraordinary faith of the author and his family. It is loaded with solid orthodox Catholic teachings, without minimizing or taking away any of the real pain that they suffered. It is definitely one of the greatest pastoral resources I have ever encountered. Highly recommended for clergy, bereaved individuals and families, and support groups.
We just lost our 13 year old daughter suddenly almost eight weeks ago today. Still awaiting to hear from the medical examiner what caused her untimely death. She collapsed after a snow shoe trek at Environmental Camp in the White Mountains of NH.

I have bought a number of books during these painful weeks, and this book was the only book that I felt I could have written - at least the first few chapters. It was like what we experienced was written down and black and white. He describes everything perfectly.

I loved the book because it gave me great comfort that we WILL feel joy one day ... we don't know, nor can we even begin to think we will ever feel joy again.

One of my favorite lines in the book was ...

Our friends brought us God's presence and love. They did not solve our problems, as if grief we a problem to be solved. They did not dispense pious phrases. Our friends allowed us to be in as much pain as we were in and did not trivialize it by trying to move us beyond it ....

Our friends, family, community, were a blessing from God during the darkest days of our lives and they continue to be. This book is such a comfort to anyone who has lost anyone ... or even more importantly for people who want to know how to help people like us who belong to this `club' ... it is a win/win for anyone reading it. I read it in two days!!!
It happened to us  May 18, 2006
The specific circumstances of our son's death and his age were different than Mr. Floyd's child. The feelings and the pain were not. These events test you and your relationship with God as Mr. Floyd writes and he is on the mark.
I have bought this book for others, who have lost a child or loved one.
HEALING   Oct 24, 2005
This book brought healing to me that I could not imagine would ever come. I pray blessings over Mr. Lloyd and his family for being so honest and open about his son's death. I lost my 11 month old son to a very rare infection in July 1999. This was a very sudden death, as we found him dead in his crib. I highlighted and still read over this book and each time, I am healed even more. THANK YOU, THANK YOU Mr. Lloyd for teaching me that it's o.k. to be brutally honest before God- you showed me that that is when the healing truly comes. Everyone should read this book.
A Grace Revealed  Sep 26, 2003
This book is the attempt of one father to come to terms with the anguish, the heart-break, the devastation, and the questions that arise when tragedy strikes. Others books have attempted the same. The great English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote a book entitled The Problem of Pain, exploring these difficult questions. It is interesting to compare it with a book he wrote later, after his wife died of cancer. His A Grief Observed does not so much refute what he wrote earlier, but in many ways goes far beyond it.

A theoretical and theological reflection of suffering is one thing. A first-hand personal account is another. A Grief Unveiled is of the second type. Not that theological and biblical reflection is absent. But this is the very personal and very moving account of how one father copes with the worst pain imaginable, moments after the event, hours after, days after, months after, and years after. What does the journey of grief look like from the inside? This volume is an unforgettable account of one long and painful trip through grief.

For anyone who has experienced any comparable tragedy, the book will echo similar thoughts and emotions, and will bring forth many tears. The book does not over-sentimentalize, but neither does it over-spiritualize. It is brutally honest and totally real.

Anyone who suffers will resonate with these moving chapters. Yet it is not just a book about sorrow, grief and pain. It is also a book about hope, joy and victory. It is the story of a radiant faith; a faith that takes a terrible hammering, but a faith the survives and grows and triumphs. But it is triumphant faith because it has as its object a triumphant God. Indeed, God is the real subject of this book in many ways. It is only because of the great love, grace and mercy of God that the Floyds can make it through the valley of the shadow of death.

The opening chapters are the most painful. Descriptions of the accident. Cradling a dying boy. The nervous wait at the hospital. The bad news from the doctor. Watching a lifeless boy in a casket, bandages over the eyes, because the organs were donated. The burial. The days immediately thereafter.

The grief seems unbearable. But with time comes some relief. The hole in the soul is always there. It will never disappear. But the intense pain and grief slowly, and surely, begin to subside. And through it all, one believer's relationship with his God is sorely tested, but in the end, vindicated. And with it comes the spiritual understanding that comes with the suffering, the realization that the God we serve is a suffering God.

God the Father knows all about suffering. He too lost a son in tragic circumstances. And Mary, the mother of Jesus, also knows the heartbreak of losing a beloved son. But as Floyd makes quite clear, Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday. John-Paul is not dead, but alive, waiting for the glorious reunion that will one day take place. The promise of the resurrection is the believer's hope. And the resurrection of Jesus is the guarantee that we too will one day be raised.

But it works both ways, There can be no Easter without Calvary. Suffering is the path chosen by Christ, and it is the path his followers must also accept. The hard questions may never fully be answered. But the ultimate answer to the problem of suffering and evil is not a proposition but a person. Jesus, who is acquainted with grief and familiar with sorrow, is the only one who can offer comfort and hope to those who suffer.

If God can take the most horrible and painful event in human history, the cross, and turn it into the most glorious and blessed of events, then there is hope for us as well. Suffering can be redeemed. It can make us more like the one who knows all about suffering.

This book is a testament to the way the death of one man two thousand years ago becomes the basis of hope for everyone today. This powerful story will help those who are suffering to make it through. And it will help all of us to get our priorities a little more straight, and help us refocus our attention on what is truly important and of value in life.


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