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Coping with Grief and Loss

Pilgrims Friend Resources Coping With Grief And Loss

Written within a Christian context, this booklet looks at the impact of grief and loss and explores key stepping stones to help the reader navigate the tricky waters of bereavement.

Author Louise Morse says:

"We have remedies for many of our ills, both physical and mental. We have pills for anxiety and depression, but nothing that really lessens grief. So although everyone on earth will know grief at some time, most of us are ill-equipped to deal with it. Grief is uniquely personal to each person and we experience it in millions of different ways.

Globally, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing a tsunami of grief. In the relatively small, densely populated United Kingdom, it has almost created an echo chamber of grief.

The aim of the booklet is to give an understanding of what grief is, how it affects us, and how we can live through it. Sometimes grief is so intense, with such strange and unexpected symptoms that it makes us feel different to everyone else around us. Having the right information tells us that our reactions are normal. We need to acknowledge, too, that other deep losses cause sorrow and loss, as well as bereavement.

Although each case is different, we learn from other people’s experiences. We gain hope from their stories."

We interviewed Louise about Coping with Grief and Loss for the Winter 2020 edition of The Pilgrims' Magazine. Read it here.

Coping with Grief and Loss

"This deals with the emotional and spiritual impacts of bereavement in a way that will help many people."

Rev Roger Hitchings, Swindon

"This gives details of practical ways of coping within a Christian framework, that will help everybody."

Rev Carol Taplin, Chaplaincy Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

"It covers grieving very thoroughly. It will help church leaders and people in pastoral ministries, as well as individuals. It should be distributed to Bible colleges."

Dr Ruth Bullivant, Christian Psychotherapist

"Thank you for bringing me this comfort in a time of need."



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I found this little book very helpful when mourning the premature death of our 4 year old grandson. It's short and readable. It points us to Jesus. It doesn't pretend it's easy. It doesn't try to straightjacket readers into "a one size fits all" process to work through but it does give helpful stepping stones that most people in grief share. I've started giving copies away.

Will (Fleet)