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A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating Ministry & Church Leadership Pastoral Counseling


11th July 2012 Christian Books 11 Comments

This special gift book edition of bestseller A Decembered Grief is designed to guide you on a journey beyond grief. Harold Ivan Smith will teach you how to alter traditions instead of abandoning them, appreciate the grief styles of others, and befriend your grief instead of dread it. Suffering the loss of a loved one at any time of the year is difficult, yet during the holidays or special occasions, those grieving experience a more intense sense of loss. The world is moving forward and celebrating life and all its blessings, yet for grievers, a darkness pervades the holiday. This book is an invitation to enjoy Christmas and its companion holidays again. Even when grief overwhelms learn to move forward and celebrate life. Learn to survive the darkness that robs joy from the holiday season for many grievers.

A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating

Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is the director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. He writes the “Children and Grief” column for Bereavement Magazine and has appeared on Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Today Show. He is the author of Healing a Teen’s Grieving Heart, Healing Your Grieving Heart, and Understanding Your Grief. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.


With compassionate insight, this handbook helps those in mourning through what can be the hardest time of yearthe holiday season. Mourners will better understand their complex emotions after reading about such topics as honoring thoughts and feelings, creating new traditions, finding ways to de-stress, and incorporating healing rituals into the holiday season. This book’s practical wisdom also covers issues such as decision-making during the holidays and coping with the blending of mourning and celebration. All of the answers and advice in this guide are provided in the popular 100 ideas format that features one idea per page, allowing readers to fully absorb each suggestion.

Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season (Healing Your Grieving Heart series)










  • 11 responses to "A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating Ministry & Church Leadership Pastoral Counseling"

  • Muhammad Hazman Mohamed Noor
    3:48 on July 11th, 2012
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    When I first picked up this book, I thought, “Is it going to be good?,” and I was pleasantly surprised. It helped me reach a horizon of encouragement to continue on after I lost a loved one. It sought to gently answer the questions and anger many people have in a state of mourning. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who is looking for comfort on a page.

  • startupbuster
    8:33 on July 11th, 2012
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    I thought this book was very useful. It gave suggestions on how to deal with all types of grief in a realistic manner. It was written in a compassionate and easy to understand way, also. I’ve been using it with the clients I work with in our outpatient mental health program, and they respond poitively to the book, also.

  • Jo Denny
    9:48 on July 11th, 2012
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    This book is one of the best on the market for grieving. It covers how to handle the process, gives tips on how to handle Holiday celebrations, birthdays, when people say stupid things.

    It is written in 3-4 page chapters—easy to read and very effective. I have given this for about 5 years to people —especially in the case of a sudden death, and or the death of a young person.

    Think it is one of the best available.

  • Pascal D.
    21:06 on July 11th, 2012
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    This book can heal the wounded soul. It is an eloquent reminder that when we suffer we do not suffer alone.

    If you’re interested in this kind of book, I’d highly recommend Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices, by John Allen.

  • Curtis Yago
    8:49 on July 12th, 2012
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    This book was a great help to me when my wife of 42 years passed away on December 12, 1998. It helped me through the Christmas season and was very informative on dealing with grief. Harold Ivan Smith is an excellent writer with a deep faith in God. His writing is comforting with a deep empathy for those dealing with grief. His spiritual insights were just what I needed. I have since given copies of his book to several others who were dealing with grief. I highly recommend this book for anyone going through loss, or as a gift to someone that you know that has suffered loss of a loved one. Jim Wright

  • fire them
    10:54 on July 12th, 2012
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    This is a book that greatly helps people who have experienced a loss and are having a hard time feeling that should be “merry” as the holidays come but feel intense sadness instead. I have given multiple copies to people in this situation and plan to give these to two more. Very well-written and sound theologically. Numerous recipients have expressed their gratitude, and I consider giving this book my ministry in the Thanksgiving/Christmastime. Thank you for making this book available at a reasonable price.

  • G. W. Smikle
    18:59 on July 12th, 2012
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    This book provides numerous ways to manage through the holidays for grieving individuals.
    I would recommend this book to those who are grieving. A great help.

  • Infant
    20:46 on July 12th, 2012
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    As usual Alan Wolfelt does a wonderful job in providing good and realistic ideas for those who are in need of support after the death of a loved one.

  • Amitaabh Saboo
    1:53 on July 13th, 2012
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    A Decembered Grief would be a good book for newly bereaved. This book is easy to read with good suggestions for making it through the holidays. I will read this one yearly to help cope with not only the holidays but my dead son December birthday.

  • yuzu shu
    9:59 on July 13th, 2012
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    I purchased this book (along with some others) to help prepare a 40 minute discussion/talk on managing grief during the holidays. True to its’ name, it did have 100 practical ideas to help with mourning and loss during the holidays. I found some of the ideas to be new and helpful while others were pretty much common sense ideas. This is a good read if you are simply short on ideas and looking for a few good suggestions on how to incorporate the memory of someone into your holiday traditions. This book really is focused on the practical advice though, so I would look elsewhere if you are wanting a book to help you understand the process of grief and how the holidays complicate mourning.

  • RedHotFuzz
    11:52 on July 13th, 2012
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    The format of this book is “just right” for grievers. Short sections allow the reader to read as little or as much as they can handle at one sitting. This is an excellent gift for the seasons of Fall and Winter when society inundates us with holiday celebrations and togetherness. Since September 11, 2001, this book ought to become a best-seller. I’ve given out at least a dozen copies to family and friends.

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