Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
by Kathe Wunnenberg
I received “Grieving the Loss of a Loved One: A Devotional of Comfort as You Mourn” by Kathe Wunnenberg free from the publisher for review.
It is considered a devotional book because each entry starts with a Bible verse, followed by a short story with application, then a prayer. It also has some room to journal a couple thoughts at the end of each entry. It can be read from start to finish with a new devotional each day or even each week, or you can read out of sequence by the topic appropriate to your situation or current mental place.
This is geared for anyone who has lost a loved one, though written by Wunnenberg, who has experienced miscarriages and the death of an infant. She shares personal stories of her grief throughout her writing. The stories within are appropriate for adults and tailored to those who are Christ-followers.
I personally like the layout of this book. Grief is not linear. Because grief doesn’t follow a specific order, it’s refreshing to see that you don’t have to with this book either.
When I received this book, I saw the part in the Table of Contents labeled, “Reading for Special Days or Needs” and immediately turned to the entry for Mothers Day. Like the author, I also suffered multiple miscarriages and the death of an infant and struggled immensely on Mothers Day each year. As I read Wunnenberg’s entry, I realized my reaction was not without conflict.
If I had read this article shortly after my daughter passed away, I would have been angered. It is predominately a negative tone against envy. Looking at it 5 years later, it is an appropriate reminder for me, however it most likely would have hurt more than helped directly after my loss.
Other entries are full of positive encouragement that would be helpful. I especially enjoyed the entry titled, “Journey to the Lighthouse of Living” and its follow-up, “Living with New Roles and Expectations.”
Overall, I would recommend this book to others. Each person is different and so is their grief journey. Some entries might be helpful while others might not be. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be applicable another time. Remember that if you are considering this book for yourself. And if you are contemplating this for someone else, know that it would speak volumes to them to see your caring heart through trying to help with this devotional.
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