It’s time we took the grieving heart seriously.
After my wife died three years ago, people meant well; that didn’t make them helpful. I wish I’d had copies of this book to pass on to my friends.Cecil Murphey
If you’re reading this right now . . .
Chances are at least one of the following is true:
- Loss has hit someone you know. You sense their pain. You want to help, but don’t know how. What can you do?
- You’re grieving. You need support, but don’t know how to ask, whom to ask, or even what you need. You hunger for others to understand what you’re going through. What can you do?
Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving looks at the grieving heart – its thoughts, emotions, and struggles.
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Help for Those Who Are Grieving
If you know someone who’s grieving, you’ll glimpse what’s going on inside them and be better able to support them. If you’re in the midst of loss, you’ll see yourself as you read, and be encouraged that you aren’t as weird or crazy as you thought.
Hurting people need to feel heard and understood. When our hearts are broken, we need people in our lives we can trust. Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving is about becoming those kind of people – understanding and trustworthy companions willing to walk with others through hardship and pain.
Most of all, this book can help you develop a priceless ability– how to hear the heart of someone who’s hurting. The benefits for them, and for you, can be staggering.
I invite you to join me on this journey into the grieving heart. You’ll be glad you did.
This book gives immense hope to the grieving heart and those who want to help. The author’s simple, straightforward, and practical approach is refreshing and healing. I recommend it highly.Paul Casale
Gary touches on a subject many people seem uncomfortable addressing for fear of hurting the grieving person more deeply. Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving succinctly explains the grieving heart’s thoughts and needs. Thanks for this ‘how to’ Gary!Carrie Andre
Finally…a book for the grieving and those close to someone grieving! As someone who personally knows loss, this book provides great comfort. I could not recommend these words more!Kim Dafferner
Q&A with Gary
Q: I know someone who is grieving. What will I learn from this book?
You’ll discover how they might be feeling and thinking, and what they need and don’t need. You’ll learn what to say and not say, what to do and not do. You’ll see how supporting them can benefit you. And you’ll learn skills that can enhance all your relationships.
Q: I've had a loss. How can this book help me?
This book was written to bring comfort, reassuring you that you’re not alone or crazy. You can use this book to speak for you to those around you. “I’m hurting badly. This book will help you understand where I am. Would you be willing to read it?” You’ll also learn skills that can benefit all your relationships.
Q: Is this book more theoretical or practical?
People who are hurting and those trying to support them typically don’t need long, drawn-out, theoretical treatises. This book is brief, to-the-point, down-to-earth, and intensely practical.
Q: Could this book be used in a group?
Absolutely. I included a Group Discussion Guide in the back for this purpose. The questions are designed to facilitate discussion about both personal losses and how to support someone else in grief.
Q: Do you ever speak on this subject?
Yes. I frequently address this topic in both short talks and longer seminars, in a wide variety of venues. If I can help you in your organization or ministry, please email me.
In addition to Shattered, Gary Roe is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving, Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse and Surviving the Holidays Without You. He is also the co-author (with New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey) of Not Quite Healed and Saying Goodbye. Gary has been featured on Focus on the Family and CBN, and has more than 400 grief-related articles in print. He is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues. He currently works as a chaplain and grief specialist with Hospice Brazos Valley in central Texas. Gary loves being a husband and father. He has seven adopted children, including three Colombian daughters. He enjoys swimming, hockey, corny jokes, and cool Hawaiian shirts. Gary and his wife Jen and family live in Texas.
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Another masterpiece for the bereavement library. This book is a must read for those who authentically want to assist and support those around us who are grieving.
Dr. Craig Borchardt
With comforting and practical words, Gary provides solid counsel for those who want to help the hurting but may not know how. He gives readers insight into grieving hearts and how we can support them in their time of need.Troy Allen