This work includes a foreword by John D Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Coordinator for Kings College Center for Education about Death and Bereavement, Ontario, Canada. This practical resource guides the reader though all aspects of the grieving process and offers thought-provoking and inspirational advice on support. With exercises, tips, and contacts for further assistance, "Finding a Sacred Oasis in Grief" provides a comprehensive understanding of this potentially difficult and complex topic. It examines different types of grief and various approaches, along with reference guides to particular religions and their traditions adopting a comprehensive, multi-faith approach. Pastoral care providers and religious leaders will find the unique, hands-on approach invaluable, as will members of support organisations and volunteer carers. It is also ideal for seminary and ministry students, counsellors, therapists and other care professionals. "Gives caregivers the tools to help dying and grieving persons face the best and worst that life has to offer. It is the worst, because death means the end of the attachments that make life worthwhile. It is the best, because it shows us what is truly meaningful and important in life. Mortality is a great gift if we have the knowledge and the courtesy to face it." - John D Morgan, in the Foreword.
Table of Contents
Pastoral care: grounded in being. A ministry of presence with the bereaved. Grief: an anthology. Anniversary grief. Anticipatory grief. Delayed grief. Destructive-redemptive grief. Disenfranchised grief. Exaggerated grief. Inhibited grief. Stacked grief. Traumatic grief. When a baby dies: the loss of a dream. When a loved one dies children play and cry. Adolescents: grief's in-between generation. Men and women: do they grieve the same? Living with suicide: a grief like no other. Stages of grief: fact or fiction? Where is God? Is there life after death for me? Diversity of beliefs about end-of-life issues among differing religions. Baha'I. Buddhism. Christianity. Hinduism. Islam. Judaism. Native American. What about final arrangements? Rituals: a necessity for healthy grief.