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Good Grief

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Granger Westberg identifies 10 stages of grief—shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance—but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no “right” way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. The anniversary gift edition includes space for readers to record thoughts about their personal experience with grief.

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Find more resources for the trenches of ministry in the Augsburg Fortress Pastoral Care Collection (8 vols.).

Resource Experts
  • Identifies 10 stages of grief
  • Provides insight into physical and emotional responses to grief
  • Includes journal pages

Top Highlights

“Be near the person and available to help if everything breaks down, but normally do not take away from him the therapeutic value of doing everything he can for himself.” (Page 24)

“This is part of the task of friends—to help keep the memory of loved ones alive” (Page 51)

“Quite naturally we grieve over the loss of anything important” (Page 11)

“Some of these people who have physical symptoms of distress have stopped at one of the stages in the ten-stage grief process. Unless someone can help them to work through the emotional problems involved in the stage in which they seem to be fixed, they will remain ill. No amount of medicine will significantly change the situation.” (Page 34)

“They often seem to have the idea that a person with strong faith does not grieve and is above this sort of thing. Moreover, these people imply that religious faith advocates stoicism. They might even quote the two words from Scripture ‘Grieve not!’” (Page 12)

I just finished re-reading this gem. It is immediately clear why it has been and will continue to be a bestseller. It is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband, and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving. It is simple but not simplistic. It is profound but not professorial. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty. In my opinion, this is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason.

—Dr. Timothy Johnson, senior medical contributor, ABC News

  • Title: Good Grief
  • Author: Granger E. Westberg
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 64
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Grief › Religious aspects--Christianity; Loss (Psychology) › Religious aspects--Christianity; Consolation
  • Resource ID: LLS:GOODGRIEF
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T03:29:31Z

Granger E. Westberg (1911–1999) was a widely respected pioneer in holistic healthcare and the interrelationship of religion and medicine, and founder of the parish nurse program. He held a joint professorship in medicine and religion at the University of Chicago and a professorship in preventive medicine at the University of Illinoise College of Medicine. He also served as a pastor and taught at several seminaries.


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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    I found this to be a good, easy-to-read little book on the topic of Grief. It definitely has a Pastoral approach, and does cover the grieving of both the faithful and those without faith. As a Pastor, I found this a good reminder of things that I need to keep in mind when ministering to those who grieve. As one who has suffered my share of losses, it was also therapeutic - which did surprise me :)