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Reflections on Grief and Spiritual Growth [Paperback]

By Howard W. Stone (Editor) & Andrew J. Weaver (Other)
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Reflections on Grief and Spiritual Growth includes eighteen reflections by Protestant and Catholic writers, creative voices in the Christian community, who reflect on their experiences with grief and loss as a part of their faith journey. Each writer considers such questions as What lessons and wisdom can be shared from his or her personal experiences with grief? In what ways did these losses shape their lives and spiritual journeys? What counsel does our Christian heritage offer us as we grieve the loss of a parent, spouse, child, marriage, job, or health? How has mourning a loss diminished or deepened one's faith? Have spiritual resources been helpful in addressing the anger, guilt and depression that is often a part of the grieving process? Has faith been an asset or not as one faces the increasing and cumulative losses of growing older? Have persons experienced spiritual growth or transformation from traumatic losses? An included study guide helps individuals and groups grapple with the reality of grief and loss in the context of their Christian faith so that we may better learn to grieve as those who have hope.

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Reflections on Grief and Spiritual Growth includes eighteen reflections by Protestant and Catholic writers, creative voices in the Christian community, who reflect on their experiences with grief and loss as a part of their faith journey. Each writer considers such questions as O What lessons and wisdom can be shared from his or her personal experiences with grief? O In what ways did these losses shape their lives and spiritual journeys? O What counsel does our Christian heritage offer us as we grieve the loss of a parent, spouse, child, marriage, job, or health? O How has mourning a loss diminished or deepened one's faith? O Have spiritual resources been helpful in addressing the anger, guilt and depression that is often a part of the grieving process? O Has faith been an asset or not as one faces the increasing and cumulative losses of growing older? O Have persons experienced spiritual growth or transformation from traumatic losses? An included study guide helps individuals and groups grapple with the reality of grief and loss in the context of their Christian faith so that we may better learn to grieve as those who have hope. Other titles of related interest: Reflections on Aging and Spiritual Growth #0687095190; Reflections on Forgiveness and Spiritual Growth #0687084067; Reflections on Marriage and Spiritual Growth #0687085438.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687065089  
ISBN13  9780687065080  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Howard W. Stone is professor emeritus of psychology and pastoral counseling at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. He is the author of many influential books including Depression and Hope (1998) and (edited) Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief
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The writers are reflective and personal and wise  Jul 6, 2005
The Scriptures tells us that loss and grief are universal human experiences and the process of mourning is often prolonged, painful, and emotionally complex. The writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us that grief comes to all of us: "There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Eccl. 3:4). In the letter to the Romans, we are instructed to "Mourn with those who mourn" (Romans 12:15).

Annually over 2.4 million people die in the United States. There are over 800,000 new widows and widowers each year. Other losses triggering grief include divorce, separation, retirement, miscarriage, sudden job loss, and serious illness (such as Alzheimer's disease) that results in the loss of a person long before physical death occurs. For every individual who dies or departs mentally, many are left behind to grieve. Millions of these sorrowing people seek spiritual guidance in dealing with their loss.

Religious faith can help us deal with the death of a loved one. Several studies in diverse populations have shown a positive relationship between religious involvement and a successful response to the loss of a family member or close friend. Researchers discovered that there is a strong link between positive psychological adjustment to a death and one's ability to make sense of the loss through one's faith and religious practices. Religious faith helps those who are mourning make sense of the death and the experience of mourning.

Reflections on Grief and Spiritual Growth -- offers a three-way conversation between the reader's experiences of loss, a living relationship with God, and the reflections of 19 Protestant and Catholic writers who make sense of their own grief in light of their faith. The contributors include Herbert Anderson, Paschal Baumstein, Duane R. Bidwell, Mary Louise Bringle, Joseph R. Jeter, Jr., Charles Merrick, Donald E. Messer, Rebecca Miles, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, R. Esteban Montilla, Basil Pennington, Donna Schaper, Don Shelby, Karen Stone, David Switzer, James M. Wall, Hal Weidner.

They respond to such questions as: What happened to you and your spiritual life when death visited you and your family? What lessons and wisdom can be shared about your personal experiences with grief? In what ways did these losses shape your life? What counsel does our Christian heritage offer as we grieve the loss of a parent, spouse, child, marriage, job or health? Have spiritual resources been helpful in addressing the anger, guilt and depression that is often a part of the grieving process? Have you experienced spiritual growth or transformation from these losses? How has faith been an asset as you face the increasing and cumulative losses of growing older?

The writers are reflective and personal, wise and full of passion. They offer original and insightful lessons about the changes and challenges of grieving. The results are a blessing.
 

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