Ministering to the grief of those left behind following the death of a loved one is never an easy task. Our world is growing more complicated, the challenges are becoming greater, and the situations people face, more intense. This comprehensive resource provides pastors and church leaders of all levels of experience with insightful and practical advice for dealing with grief process and learn to recognize the sings of both healthy and unhealthy grief. Full of scriptural insight and wisdom, here is a competent guide for pastors and lay leaders, chaplains and funeral directors, hospice workers and emergency responders alike...anyone called on to comfort those who mourn.
Formerly titled Comforting the Bereaved, this practical, insightful guide gives direction to pastors and lay-leaders of all levels of experience. Included are recommended Scriptures to read; an explanation of the stages of grief; approaches to conducting funerals in special circumstances such as suicide, victims of crime, multiple family deaths, or when the deceased is unknown to the pastor; signs of healthy and unhealthy grief, and how to help survivors cope. This new edition contains a chapter on ministering to victims of terrorism. It is also recommended for chaplains and hospice caregivers.