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Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry

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The experience of grief has been a source of intrigue and curiosity throughout history, and it continues to stimulate thought and theory in various fields of study. Unfortunately, these fields tend to function in isolation from each other. The result is a substantial disconnect between grief research, theory, and care?which has evolved greatly over the last two decades?and ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Fortress Press
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Sam Myers
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5. A valuable survey of the modern psychological understanding of grief. That's the bulk of the book, and I appreciated it for that - you could say it was a bit lacking in practical advice on how to handle ministering to grieving people, but the general assumption of the book is that much of the conclusions of psychology naturally lead themselves to ministering in certain ways. I agree, though a bit more practical advice would have been appreciated. The case studies were very useful as well.
Julia
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-book
I expected a variety of forms of loss to be addressed, but it is only death.
L
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Publisher: "The experience of grief has been a source of intrigue and curiosity throughout history, and it continues to stimulate thought and theory in various fields of study. Unfortunately, these fields tend to function in isolation from each other. The result is a substantial disconnect between grief research, theory, and care?which has evolved greatly over the last two decades?and ministerial practice.Using a metaphor of grief as a mosaic, Melissa Kelley presents contemporary grief theory an ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an informative, relevant, and up to date coverage of the topics mentioned in the title. The auther presents recent students and current theories in clear language, without watering down the content. My only wish is that there were further exploration in how one might tie theory and practice together. (I loved the case studies.) It is a slim book, and this book helped expand my interest in understanding and ministering to those who experience grief. I would welcome more insight from this author.. ...more
Kathleen
Anyone who walks in ministry will find this a valuable resource. While dealing with grief is taught in seminaries, this book presents questions for reflection at the ends of the chapters that can be revisited from time to time, helping the reader to find new insight as we walk with those who grieve.
Richard
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everyone and their mother should read this book. Kelley does an awesome job of combining the latest research in the grief field with hands-on practical application. It is easy to read, and many of the insights could radically change how we care for those who are grieving.
Wendy Langhans
Well worth the read. Full of wisdom and insight.
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