Since our blog focuses largely on our journey through grief after the death of our son Isaac, we have decided to create a separate page dedicated to resources that we have found to be helpful along the way. These resources supplement our primary source of comfort and truth – God’s Word contained in the Bible. We hope that you also find help and encouragement from these resources if you or other(s) you know are experiencing grief. Please feel free to share any comments or information about resources that you have found to be helpful by posting a “reply” at the bottom of the page.
Words of Comfort
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1Th 4:13-18, emphasis mine)
- GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support Groups You can search for a local support group in your area. You can also sign up to receive daily emails and purchase other resources.
These are listed in no particular order except for perhaps the order that we read them.
- Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman
- Journeying through Grief (4-book series from Stephen Ministries) by Kenneth C. Haugk
- Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child by David W. Wiersbe
- The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide by Helen Fitzgerald
- Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
- From Grief to Glory: Spiritual Journeys of Mourning Parents by James W. Bruce III
- The Happening: Nickel Mines School Tragedy by Harvey Yoder
- When Life is Changed Forever: By the Death of Someone Near by Rick Taylor
- A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
- Heaven by Randy Alcorn
- Life is a Gift: And Other Lessons I’m Learning From My Daughters – A True Story by Jenny Miller (this is written from a mother’s perspective; Brenda especially appreciated reading this one)
- Our Journey: Bereaved Parents Tell Their Stories of Loss, Grief, and Survival by Bereaved Parents Support Group (Chambersburg, PA) (As the title indicates, these are raw stories written by parents who have survived the death of a child. We were helped through reading these accounts.)
- When Your World Falls Apart: Seeing Past the Pain of the Present by David Jeremiah
- Suffering Loss: Discovering the Blessing of Change, Growth, Healing & the Hope of a Beautiful Life by Stacy Cline
- When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One: Finding Hope Together by David & Nancy Guthrie
Several blogs have helped and encouraged us through our continuing grief journey. You can find these blogs through the various “Likes” and comments on our site. Grief is not always the sole topic of these blogs, but in some way the bloggers have written about the subject.
From the sidebar located to the right of this page, you can find our postings about our grief journey by:
- under the Categories heading, select “Grief“; or
- under the Tags heading, select “grief” or any similar tag.
One of the GriefShare sessions presents the idea of writing a grief letter. We wrote this Grief Letter (click on link) in February 2012. This letter was helpful for us to explain our grief experience to others so that they can understand how to support those who are grieving, especially during the first year.