Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry

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The experience of grief has been a source of intrigue and curiosity throughout history, and it continues to stimulate thought and theory in various fields of study. Unfortunately, these fields tend to function in isolation from each other. The result is a substantial disconnect between grief research, theory, and care—which has evolved greatly over the last two decades—and ministerial practice.


Using a metaphor of grief as a mosaic, Melissa Kelley presents contemporary grief theory and research, integrated with important theological, religious, and ministerial perspectives. Written in an accessible way for ministers, ministers-in-training, and all pastoral and spiritual caregivers, this book provides the most up-to-date theory and research in grief to help inform their care of others. Through exploration of critical topics including attachment to God, meaning making, and religious coping in grief, readers are brought right to the heart of a contemporary understanding of grief.

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Melissa M. Kelley is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She is among an elite number of professionals certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

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"This book represents the cutting edge of grief theory and pastoral practice concerning bereavement. The author has integrated the finest research on grief and ministry to the grieving with a constructivist perspective showing the uniqueness of each person's grief. Paradoxically this book on sadness is a joy to read with its superb case studies explicating various facets of grief work and pastoral care." --Merle Jordan, Professor of Pastoral Psychology Emeritus, Boston University

"Well researched and thoughtfully written, Melissa Kelley not only amends outdated ideas about grief with the latest social science on attachment, meaning-making, and coping. She adds what most secular theory overlooks - a wise grasp of religion, theology, and pastoral ministry. This book is a critical resource for professional caregivers and for all those who have lost loved ones and desire healing." --Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion

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