This booklet is not intended to be given to every bereaved person but it would be useful to give to a Christian who has questions about the loss of a Christian loved one. It is recommended reading for anyone who has a pastoral care role with people who are bereaved (ministers, deaconesses, elders, pastoral care workers, pastoral care team members, etc.). The person delivering pastoral care to a bereaved person can decide if it would be helpful to give them the booklet and then be available to talk after they have read it.
The booklet contains biblical answers to a number of typical questions asked by bereaved Christians including:
‘Why as a Christian does it hurt so much to lose someone?’
‘Where is God when I can’t feel his presence?’
‘Why did they die so young?’
‘What is heaven like?’
‘Will I recognise my loved ones when I go to heaven?’
There are also a number of suggested prayers which may help people when they struggle to find the words to pray. A resource list is provided with suggested support agencies for specific forms of bereavement and some suggested books.
A free sample of first five pages is available to download here.
Purchasing the booklet
The booklet costs £1, and can be purchased using the menu to the right. Alternatively, it can be purchased through the Council for Congregational Life and Witness office (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +44 (0)28 9032 2284).