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Grief and Loss Part One

This is the first part of a talk Robert gave recently in church to help those who are are standing alongside people who are going through the mill, as well as those who are suffering themselves.

In case this sounds a rather daunting theme, we have made it more attractive by adding some of the exquisite music we recorded in our recent gathering at Regents Bible College. Amongst the fine music are pieces by Torelli, Handel and the beautiful Coventry Carol. Anthony Thompson was the trumpeter.



  Grief and Loss Part Two
Processing Grief and Handing Loss - Adjusting to Changing Horizons
  Grief and Loss Part Three

When someone or something deeply precious is wrested from us, it leaves a deep wound. The very word ‘bereaved’ derives from the Dutch berauben - to rob or to plunder. We urgently need to let Christ’s love fill the hole.

If we turn inwards in the wrong way, the ensuing isolation leads to a hardening of the heart which effectively hinders the re-energising vitality of God. We need to allow ourselves appropriate time and space in which to grieve. In her excellent book ‘To live again’ (a book that is well worth tracking down) Catherine Marshall records how, when she lost her famous preacher husband, she made the conscious decision – much against her natural temperament – to allow other people to come close and walk the journey with her. Where love is, God is. Nothing means more to those who are grieving, and the presence of prayers and presence of loved ones to love us back to strength.

This brief extract is accompanied by a particularly moving piece of music written by a local composer and violinist, Michael Burnham.






Grief and Loss Part Four

How many people does it take to change a ….? I mean, how many sections can you divide one normal length sermon into?

In this instance five . . . We hope you will find this brief fourth part a blessing.

The trumpet music is by Torelli, beautifully played by Anthony interspersed with the opening movement of Cimarosa's magnificent oboe concerto, with our friend Thomas from Berlin playing.

  Grief and Loss Part Five

Here is the final part of the Talk on Grief which I gave recently in church. It looks at various ways in which we can minimise grief.








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