Blue Christmas Service – December 11, 2019

Article: What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

Article: Grieving as a Spiritual Exercise

SFSAZ Seminar on Grief from 2016: more info here (scroll down that page to find resource)

Book: Journey with Grief: Navigating the First Year, Larry Warner

GriefShare, groups that process through grief together. Find a group here.

Quotes and Thoughts on Grief

The Blessing Hidden in Grief
“What to do with our losses? . . . We must mourn our losses. We cannot talk or act them away, but we can shed tears over them and allow ourselves to grieve deeply. To grieve is to allow our losses to tear apart feelings of security and safety and lead us to the painful truth of our brokenness. Our grief makes us experience the abyss of our own life in which nothing is settled, clear, or obvious, but everything is constantly shifting and changing. . . . But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice. It is the voice of the One who says: “Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted.” That’s the unexpected news: there is a blessing hidden in our grief. Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn! Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is hidden. Somehow, in the midst of our mourning, the first steps of the dance take place. Somehow, the cries that well up from our losses belong to our songs of gratitude.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

“When caring, supportive friends are unavailable, remember that you can provide a great deal of care to yourself. Be your own best friend. Be patient with yourself. You’ve lost someone who was very dear to you. Your heart has been broken, and you are in need of tender loving care. Have the same compassion for yourself that you would have for someone else experiencing what you are going through right now.” Kenneth C., Haugk, Experiencing Grief