A Blessing in the Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands....
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
Grief to Hope
Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Luke 24:13-25: Disciples traveling to Emmaus were escaping their grief. They share their disappointment with a stranger, who turns their grief to hope when he reveals himself to be Jesus.
A Complicated Grief: Persevering in faith in the midst of suffering
In response to the death of her niece shortly after birth, Kerry Weber reflects on grief and suffering, including suffering with someone else and finding joy and hope in the midst of suffering.
Grief is Ministry
A post by Julie Yarbrough that outlines theology and practices for grief ministry in the church. Grief ministry is the love of Christ in action, and Yarbrough explores how to apply that love to all people....
C.S. Lewis helped me understand my grief—and reminded me why I write
Jessica writes about various writers, including C.S. Lewis, who helped her to understand her grief and reminded her why she writes as she struggled with her career as a spiritual writer.
Hopeful Grief: Is It Possible?
Grief over a loved one's death should be shaped by the resurrection of Jesus. Christian hope is not wishful thinking. In Scripture hope is confident expectation: as God raised Jesus he will raise us.
Litany from the Grief of the Nations
Created in response to the 9/11/2001 disaster, this litany with response combines Psalms with words of Native American leaders to express grief in an attempt to find comfort shared across races, cultures, and time.
The Grief of God
Doug Bratt highlights the grief of God in Jeremiah 8.18-9.1 by pointing out that God heightens God’s grief over God’s people’s rebellion by letting Satan and his goons do their very worst to God’s Son, Jesus.
Litany of Grief and Hope in a Time of Wildfire
Linda Grund-Clampit offers "A Litany of Grief and Hope in a Time of Wildfire," based on Psalm 23, for any community affected by wildfires.
The Gift of Grief
Identifying Rachel's grief for her children with the suffering that people experience through this world's brokenness, this sermon by Sarah Winsett Wiles on Matthew 2:13-18 describes the gospel of hope that God gives us through Jesus.
Full Text Hymns on Grief
O Christ, You Wept When Grief Was Raw©
When overwhelmed with griefPD
He Knoweth Thy GriefPD
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Grief Goes On
"Grief always goes on longer than your friends expect it to and is stronger than they can appreciate." A quotation by Garrison Keillor, illustrating Psalm 10:14.
Helping Elementary Children with Grief with "Pablo Remembers"
Taking inspiration from the children's picture book "Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead" by George Ancona, this children's sermon starter describes how to construct meaningful Christian funeral rituals for children experiencing grief.
Finding God in All the Wrong Places: In the Midst of Grief
Susan Pendleton Jones' sermon starter on John 11:33-35 reflects on the experience of Jesus' friends Mary and Martha as they deal with their grief over Lazarus' death.
Giving Our Grief over to the “Man Acquainted with Grief”
This article by James Keating invites those experiencing grief and loss to look to Jesus upon the cross, the one who is there, acquainted with grief, because of his deep love for us.
Healing for Emotional Distress, Grief, and Ailments
A collection of historical resources on the concept of healing, biblical notes, and music suggestions for a Service of Healing aimed at those suffering emotional distress, grief, divorce, and physical ailments.
Jewish Grief and Mourning
Judaism offers many active expressions of mourning that enable grieving people to acknowledge their loss in tangible ways. This article introduces and explores these mourning rituals, and commends them as meaningful for grief and remembrance.
Grace in Grief
This article talks about grief in youth, affirming that grief is an opportunity for grace and growth where grief is honoured, with all people free to mourn and to cry out.
Space for Christmas Grief
Annie Reilly discusses the difficulty of balancing personal grief and congregational joy as a clergyperson in the Advent season, and how to appropriately make space for both.