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Grief, Transition, and Loss: A Pastor's Practical Guide

Grief, Transition, and Loss: A Pastor's Practical Guide

In Grief, Transition, and Loss, author Wayne Oates calls Christian caregivers to the task of attending to people facing moments of emergency and crisis. Throughout the book Oates draws on his own experiences of loss, and his extensive work with grieving people to build a theological and biblical understanding of the ways in which people encounter challenging times. The book covers a variety of losses--illness, death, separation and divorce, and even a range of work related issues--with sensitivity and grace, and equips caregivers with the tools needed to respond in helpful and lifegiving ways.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800628642
  • eBook ISBN 9781451420043
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 96
  • Publication Date January 28, 1997


"Pastors are privileged to offer ministry in the context of bereavement grief, but in this book Oates takes us into life situations where the significance of grief, separation, and loss often go unnoticed such as divorce and employment situations. These are particular grief experiences, and Oates opens the readers' eyes to expanded opportunities for caregiving. Attentive to the life cycle, Oates insightfully reminds us of separation and loss issues from birth to death. As always, Oates discovers nuggets of biblical wisdom and spiritual insight that ground pastoral care in the Christian tradition and connect caregiving with the faith of the parishioner."
—Andrew D. Lester Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas

"This is one of those rare resources that is comprehensive and profound while remaining simple and concise in its presentation. Oates directs his work to anticipate, and thus be more responsive to, the losses that occur daily in the life of a congregation. I would recommend this book for introductory courses in pastoral care and as a refresher for those who have been in ministry for many years."
—William V. Arnold Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

Table of Contents

Foreword by Howard W. Stone

1. Caring at the Time of Emergencies
2. The Pastor: A Person of Sorrows, Acquainted with Grief
3. Grief and Separation in the Life Cycle
4. Grief and Separation in Divorce
5. Work-Related Grief and Separation
6. Grief and Separation in the Life of Faith in Jesus Christ


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