Grief can be particularly difficult during the holidays. The time that has always been spent in preparation and anticipation with a loved one has been lost. In The Decembered Grief, grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith offers comfort and validation to those suffering a recent loss. Smith guides the reader beyond the darkness with illustrations and insights that emphasize God's ability to transform the holidays into a time of grace and healing. This gift edition features a laminated hardcover binding and a presentation page for a personal dedication.
Vincent van Gogh’s last words resonate with many grievers this holiday season:’La tristesse durea--the sadness will never go away.’No, it will not go away. But it will change.Grief can be overwhelming, and it is especially intense during the holidays--those weeks that have always been spent in preparation and anticipation with a loved one who has been lost. While the world seems to be moving forward and celebrating life, grievers face a season of darkness and loss.For you--or as gift for someone you know who is grieving--Harold Ivan Smith guides the reader beyond the darkness with illustrations and insights that emphasize God’s ability to transform the holidays into a time of grace and healing.
Harold Ivan Smith is a popular speaker and grief educator. He received a doctorate of pastoral care from Rice Seminary and a doctorate of spiritual formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. Smith has published more than 30 books and numerous articles, including A Decembered Grief and When Your People Are Grieving (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City).
Harold Ivan Smith is a grief specialist on the teaching faculties of Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Carondolet Medical Institute in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). He had also received the Distinguished Service Award from ADEC. He earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and an EdS from Vanderbilt. His primary research is on the grief of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. He has facilitated Grief Gatherings, storytelling groups for grievers, at Saint Luke's Hospital for more than fifteen years.