About the Book
Grieving with Grace and Hope:
A Lifetime Journey
I am sure that on any given day, we can stop and ask ourselves, “How in the world did I get here?” Well, today is one of those days. Over the past fourteen years, I have walked the path of loss and grief, but more importantly, I have also walked the path of restoration and joy. This may be a season of sudden loss in your life or even a catastrophic event, but I can assure you that there is always a back story that leads us to where we are today. I, too, experienced a season of sudden loss. Hind sight, they say, is always 20/20 and over the past fourteen years I have come to see a lot of things very clearly. I can now see how the hand of God has been directing my path.
Webster has taken great pains to give us the definitions of many words. Grief, included, is defined as “Great Unhappiness”, and lament “to mourn aloud, wail”.  To someone who is in the midst of grief and sorrow, that is an understatement. No one is going to be able to understand the pain that each of us experiences when we lose someone close to us. No one on earth, that is; for God does understand. We are all created uniquely and because of that, we all experience loss and grief differently. Not only will we each grieve differently, but we will also heal and return to joy differently. The only one that knows us inside and out is the one who knows exactly what we need: our loving God. He experienced and understands everything we may be experiencing right now, and what it is going to take to return us to the joy and abundant lives He has designed for us.
The purpose of this book is twofold; first, it was a way of walking through the grieving process after my son, Jacob, died. His death was sudden, not expected, and very brutal. From the very beginning, God assured me that His grace would never leave me, and, as a Christian, my grief would not be as the world grieves, because I have hope.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13).
The second reason for this book is to share not only how to get through the grieving process, but also to share God’s grace and hope with others who are also hurting.
No one’s pain is less or greater than anyone else’s. As a registered nurse for almost thirty years, I have witnessed and experienced pain and loss more times than I would like to remember; it never gets easier. I know the clinical stages of grief, but it is really the grace and hope that ultimately leads to joy that I would like every reader to experience fully. That is my prayer; as I sit down to complete the journey that began so long ago.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘”The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait on Him’” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:22-25 NIV).
 Webster’s Dictionary