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What Grieving People Wish You Knew

About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)

Nancy Guthrie



What Grieving People Wish You Knew

About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts)

Nancy Guthrie


We want to say or do something that helps our grieving friend. But what? When someone we know is grieving, we want to help. But sometimes we stay away or stay silent, afraid that we will do or say the wrong thing, that we will hurt instead of help.

In this straightforward and practical book, Nancy Guthrie provides us with the insight we need to confidently interact with grieving people. Drawing upon the input of hundreds of grieving people, as well as her own experience of grief, Nancy offers specifics on what to say and what not to say, and what to do and what to avoid.

Tackling touchy topics like talking about heaven, navigating interactions on social media, and more, this book will equip readers to support those who are grieving with wisdom and love.

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    What Grieving People Wish You Knew

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    Nancy Guthrie

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    Death / eternity, Suffering / Loss

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5.0 based on 1 review

A really, really helpful book

Nancy shares her own experience, and that of 100s of others, in dealing with grief to equip us, the reader, to support and care for those who are grieving in wisdom and love. The author wants us to discover ideas and encouragement to engage with those who are grieving, rather than avoiding them, and to keep trying to enter into the awkwardness and difficulty of loving grieving people, even when we're scared to do so. Two things about the book really stood out to me: 1) It's practical. There's plenty of examples of what's good to say and do and what's best to avoid, without falling into a 'one-size-fits-all' approach. She covers a lot of questions that we might have about how to interact with and love those who are grieving. 2) It's personal. Nancy's story of loss, and that of her survey respondents, are heart-breaking. I cried at the grief and sorrow these people have gone through. And I cried even more at the ways in which others have helped and loved these grieving people with empathy and respect. There's a lot of grace for those who have made mistakes in this area (Nancy's no exception), which gives a wonderful humble, sensitive tone to the book. All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. May we too seek to combine a genuine care for grieving people with pointing them to Jesus and the hope and comfort and strength only he can provide.

Matthew Brown

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