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kregel.comacademic 19 TABLE OF CONTENTS ENDORSEMENTS This is a book for everybodybecause grief is a common human experience. Larry Michael brings together biblical insight and pastoral wisdom to help us deal with our own grief and also to offer friendship and support to others in bereave- ment. Highly recommended Timothy George Beeson Divinity School Dr. Larry Michael has written an exceedingly practical and helpful book on moving through grief. . . . This book will be helpful to counselors and those experiencing seasons of grief alike. Edwin Gray Hurley South Highland Presbyterian Church 1. Defining Grief and Mourning 2. How Grief Impacts Individuals 3. Dealing with the Fallacies of Grief 4. The Spinning Wheel of Choices 5. The Importance of Ritual 6. Ministering to Specific Losses 7. Educating Others to Help Those Who Grieve 8. Implementing a Grief Ministry PostscriptBeing a Harbinger of Hope I. Different Ages Grieve in Different Ways II. Funeral Planning Checklist III. Grief and the Scriptures IV. Inspirational Quotes A Necessary Grief Essential Tools for Leadership in Bereavement Ministry Larry J. Michael 978-0-8254-4335-0 15.99 Paperback 6 x 9 176 pages Christian Ministry Counseling Recovery Kregel Ministry Rights World Available Grief is a difficult topic that ministry leaders deal with on a regular basis. Do they have confidence in helping those who are suffering the loss of a loved one Do they feel equipped to meet the differing needs that occur in the life of a survivor Can they lead someone through a process of grief reconciliation Are they able to plan and implement a bereavement ministry in their church or parish Here is a book that can help leaders in a practical way to minister to those who are grieving. In addition they will discover essential tools to deal with griefs difficult questions. Drawing upon his thirty years of experience as a pastor and as a professional grief counselor Dr. Michael provides a valuable resource for pastors and other and other ministry leaders to use within their churches and organizations and their surround- ing communities. This work is a practical guide that will bring a greater understanding of the impact that loss has upon individu- als and will provide competent counsel for ministering to them. In addition it will equip the leader to implement a ministry of grief education and bereavement within a church or organization. Larry J. Michael PhD The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is teaching pastor for adult ministries at South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham Alabama. His other publications include Spurgeon on Leadership. MINISTRY ISBN 978-0-8254-4335-0 9 7 8 0 8 2 5 4 4 3 3 5 0