While We’re Waiting provides free weekend retreats for bereaved parents. Located on a beautiful piece of land surrounded by horse farms outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas, the refuge provides a perfect setting to connect with others traveling this journey. We hope you’ll check out their website and attend a retreat. They also have a closed Facebook group page for bereaved parents that is an incredible source of encouragement. You can find While We’re Waiting support groups across the country that meet once each month.
GriefShare is a free 13-week program held in churches all over the world. The weekly format includes a 45-minute video and opportunity for discussion. The topics covered are those pertinent to all who are grieving the death of a loved one. You can find a GriefShare near you at this link— GriefShare.org.
Here are a few books that have been especially helpful to us in our journey of grief.
This book doesn’t take long to read, but will profoundly touch your heart and mind. Lewis eloquently and honestly puts on paper what we all are feeling and thinking when we lose someone dear to us. This is an incredibly helpful read.
Jerry Sittser’s journey through the loss of his wife, mother and daughter as the result of being hit by a drunk driver resonates with anyone who has lost someone. Like C. S. Lewis, Sittser asks himself the difficult questions and his doubts, fears, failures, pain, hopes and trust will comfort and challenge your soul. This is one of our favorites.
Most people who lose someone to suicide are taken by surprise, unaware of the intense pain their loved one was experiencing. For those who leave by suicide, they see no other way to stop the pain. Albert Hsu lost his father and honestly and masterfully shares his experience, helping those of us who are walking this journey. We read Hsu’s earlier edition and found it to be extremely helpful.
Holding On to Hope by Nancy Guthrie
Kiss the Wave by Dave Furman
When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One by Nancy Guthrie
Through the Storm by Dan Gerdes
Let Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie
Suffering by Paul David Tripp
Suffering Is Never For Nothing by Elisabeth Elliott
A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God’s Mercy and Our Pain by Elisabeth Elliot
When a Daughter Dies by Ben Witherington
Where is God When It Hurts by Phillip Yancey
Hope for Hurting Hearts by Greg Laurie
Missing the Child You Love by H. Norman Wright
Grieving the Loss of a Loved One by H. Norman Wright
Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstoff
Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman