Grieving Parents

Welcome May 30, 2011
If you are a parent who has lost a child, someone who is in the depths of grief or someone learning how to live the "new normal," I hope that the following will be of some help.
When the Waters are Deep May 30, 2011
Howard Edington, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, FL preached this sermon after his twenty-two year old son John David died after accidentally driving his car into a tree during a rainstorm.
A Random Act of Violence May 9, 2011
This article is about how a church in Illinois is healing following the murder of their pastor during a Sunday service. There are interviews with the murdered pastor's wife, the worship pastor and the minister of pastoral care.
Where the Children Can Dance May 2, 2011
Philip Turner, a former dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale wrote the following meditation and read it at his son, Brendan's funeral. Brendan, was delivered after his death, with spina bifida, a cleft palate, and club feet.
Anne Elizabeth Kuzee March 18, 2011
Anne Kuzee died of cancer when she was thirteen. Jack Roeda, her pastor, responded first by acknowledging the abyss of despair and unbelief that could surround the moment. Like biblical lament, he does not soften despair with sentimentality, but also does not let despair be the final word.
Alex's Death March 9, 2011
William Sloane Coffin preached this sermon less than two weeks after his son drove his car into Boston Harbour.
When I Endure Grief February 14, 2011
This is an excerpt from Lloyd John Ogilve's book "Praying Through the Tough Times."
Casey William Alley January 20, 2011
The following is Craig Barnes's funeral sermon for Casey William Alley, a three-week old baby boy.
Giving Birth to Grief January 18, 2011
"Like a mother's pangs, the death of a child brings painful contractions and release." Jack Rehill is a pastor in Pennsylvania and this is his story of the last days of his son's life.

When I Endure Grief

Lord of all my life, I come to You for the healing of the griefs of life. I feel grief whenever I stand in the midst of shattered dreams. For me, it’s essentially my response to having to say “goodbye” with finality; goodbye at death’s door; goodbye at the collapse of something I’ve worked for; goodbye to the past and the what-might-have-beens of life. Grief comes after the intense emotional shock of final separation from a loved one, a relationship, a place, or a comfortable surrounding. I experience similar thoughts and emotions of grief when a loved one dies, during and after the memorial service, when I’ve failed, when a relationship is broken, or when a program in which I might have invested my ego and future security is lost.

Is there such a thing as “good grief”? Over the years You have taught me that something is good if it fulfills its purpose. What causes my grief I’m reluctant to call “good” unless it achieves its intended purpose of healing my disturbed mind and distressed emotions.

Lord, help me to accept that grief is the healing process given me as Your gift. I feel pain, and it is good to know that the process is taking place. When a loved dies I experience excruciating reactions. I tremble, I shiver, and feel depleted. I ache emotionally. I’m tempted to have outbursts, or withdraw, deny, or become angry. Most of all I need to find some vent to my anguish. I need to talk to You. Until I know what to say, tears flow. In it all I’m coming to grips with the reality of my loss. And what’s truly amazing is that You are there listening and offering Your healing of my grief. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

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