Guest Author: Gary Roe
Facing the loss of a loved one is painful and often traumatic. How we say goodbye is important. Is it possible to prepare our hearts and move through this time in love and forgiveness with a minimum of regret?
You’ve had to say goodbye to a loved one, or you will. You know someone who is dying, or know someone who does. That’s why New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey and I wrote Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of Loved One (Harvest House, 2013). This gift book, beautifully illustrated by Michal Sparks, is designed to be a very personal and practical roadmap for those who are grieving.
I have the honor of serving as a hospice chaplain. I’ve walked with thousands of people through their personal valleys of grief and helped them navigate the emotional minefield that often surrounds the death of a loved one. My patients and families have inspired me with their courage, wisdom, and faith. We share some of their stories in this book.
People often struggle with confusion, guilt, anger, and helplessness at times like these. Cecil and I have said goodbye to those we loved and we’ve been present when others have done the same. In Saying Goodbye, we share what we’ve learned and provide some answers to these questions:
Life is full of loss. Death is real. This is hard, and how we say goodbye really matters, both for ourselves and for our loved ones.
If you or someone you know is dealing with a loss, I would love to help. In addition to Saying Goodbye, I invite you to check out my newest book, Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons and also my Good Grief Mini-Course on my website.
Gary is committed to helping people heal and grow. He writes and speaks from more than 30 years of professional ministry. He has been a university minister, a missionary in Japan, and a pastor in Texas and Washington. He currently serves as a hospice chaplain and bereavement specialist. In addition to Saying Goodbye, he is the co-author (with Cecil Murphey) of Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2013) and the author of Surviving the Holidays Without You (2013) and the Good Grief Mini-Course. Not Quite Healed was voted one of the Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2013 by a national book club and was a Lime Award Finalist for Excellence in Non-Fiction. Gary also writes inspirational community service columns for several newspapers. Visit him on his website at www.garyroe.com.