When a loved dies, those left behind experience the stages of grief. But everyones experience is different and lasts a different amount of time.
Author Alaric Lewis lost his mother when he was only seven; he is also, among many other things, a cancer survivor. In A Healing Year, Lewis offers a brief essay and either a Scripture passage or inspirational quote for every day of the year. He touches upon:
Grieving as a life-long process
The importance of having friends to support us
How we keep our loved ones memories alive by choosing to live for God
Why difficult times should be welcomed
How wrong turns often lead us into Gods grace
How God waits to fill the emptiness of loss
Writing in a style that is conversational and yet easy to understand, Lewis believes that God is active in our lives in many ways. It is only with Gods abundant love that we can begin to truly heal.
Alaric Lewis has served in parochial and music ministry, as well as an editor, writer, speaker and retreat master. The author of four books, he currently lives and teaches in Rome, Italy.
A Healing Year is a marvelous pastoral tool to offer parishioners or friends who have lost a loved one. It will be a great help them in the days, weeks, and months after the funeral has been concluded.
- Fr. Jim Hewes, St. Josephs Church, Rush, New York