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Speaking to the Soul: Grieving

by Linda Ryan


When Jesus tells us about his Father, we distrust him. When he shows us his Home, we turn away. But when he confides in us that he is ‘acquainted with grief,’ we listen, for that also is an Acquaintance of our own. — Emily Dickinson*

It seems like the world is getting smaller and more deadly all the time. It’s like a bad dream that we keep hoping that we will wake up from. It is all so confusing, and […]

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Writing Rule of Life – loss and grief

Grief is heavy. It drags one down like a burlap bag of scrap metal over one’s shoulder – it weighs down, heavy, and sharp metal ends – jagged, rusty tear-stained bits poke through the burlap and then the shirt into one’s fleshy back.

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Facing death, 35-year-old Kate Bowler continues her life’s work in documenting the American prosperity gospel

Photo from Kate Bowler’s first book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, available from Oxford Press

In the Sunday Times, author Kate Bowler, who recently published ‘Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel”, shares the tragic news that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer shortly after finishing her book. Her work was focused on illuminating and understanding the ideas behind the prosperity gospel; the idea that ‘everything happens for a reason’ and that people receive Earthly blessings in […]

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Social media: Can it help with grief?

Religion News Service posted a piece from PBS Video exploring the role of social media in grief and death. Interviews include Carla Sofka, a professor of social work at Siena College and author of the book Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe:

Cyberspace just gives us a new place to grieve, a new place to create rituals, a new place to memorialize the death of someone you care about.

Other interviews include those impacted by the 2012 shootings in a […]

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