Grief isn’t on our radar until we’re in the midst of it. You don’t wake up one morning expecting someone so young and full of energy, someone you love and care about so much…to die. But then there it is. The fierce, dark, and consuming storm. Not just the kind that rains. The kind that tears and uproots. We will all have to face one at sometime in our lives.
Our storm involved the loss of our son, Aidan who was born with Down syndrome. He passed away in a matter of days from the sudden onset of two bacterial infections neither medicine nor we could do anything about. We felt helpless. A hard season of weeping, wandering, praying and grieving followed. Years of counseling. A persistent ache. Statistically we should not have made it. We should not be married at all. But God has a redeeming hope for you—a dawn that follows, revealing unexpected color and beauty.
The restoration we experienced in the pages ahead can be yours too. Grief to Grateful is a journal and legacy for our other children, that has helped us revisit and reclaim our hearts. In considering our narrative, we’re grateful we’ve been able to pick-up and make sense of pieces we had forgotten and realized that others might benefit from our story. We believe God will use the insights we’ve learned along the way to encourage you, not just to stay married in difficulty, but to have a marriage that can weather deep adversity, and thrive in phenomenal ways.
About the Author
Jason and Summer Sterner have known each other since they were thirteen years old. Married in their early twenty’s, they started their family right away. Eighteen years and five amazing children later, they have experienced grief and disappointment many times but none so heart-breaking as the death of their son, Aidan, at just seventeen months old. In healing and growing together through a desperate situation, one that often claims marriages with high divorce rates, their experience has become a positive life-changing chapter–a sacred memorial. Jason currently works in marketing and branding as an operations and new business strategist. Summer is busy homeschooling and raising their four remaining children, Isaac (16), Madelyn (15), Micah (7) and Moses (2). They love to spend time together as a family preferring the outdoors and any beach or mountain range they can find. They have a passion to use these life experiences to help others, who have experienced similar losses, find hope and restoration in life, love, and loyalty. Their family currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
If we are going to grieve, let us do it well. This book offers a collection of twenty poems themed around personal grief.
They are reflections on the grieving process, and they are prayers for the grieving heart. The book offers the reader the encouragement to accept grief as an important part of healing , and to move forward into grief with patient courage and hope.
Jason Noble is currently the preaching minister at the Friendly Avenue Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He has been involved in full time ministry since 1999 serving churches in Texas and North Carolina. Jason has earned a BA in Christian Ministry and a Master of Arts in Religion from Abilene Christian University. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Carolina Graduate School of Divinity.
The author takes a closer look at the tragedy of the book of Job and finds God’s fingerprint of grace on every single page. He delves into the culture of Job’s time to make sense of the mannerisms of the characters involved in this extreme story of loss and God’s goodness.
Many truths that are overlooked and hidden are brought into plain sight as we discover the frailty, humanity and flaws of Job.
The author takes a look at centuries old assumptions and applies even older truths of the character of God which tells a different tale than we are used to.
This book is refreshing, funny, painfully honest and a very easy read. If you are looking for answers to your “Why’s” this book is a must have for you.
When Rebecca Tervo awoke on January 29, 2012 it seemed like just another lazy Sunday morning. What she didn’t realize was that her life and the life of her family had already been changed forever. Her 17 year old son, Trevor, was already dead of suicide in an adjacent room, she just didn’t know it yet.
The shock of another teen suicide was felt throughout the community and the schools.
This book tells how Rebecca reacted to the event that changed everything for her and her family. It was uncharted territory for her, her husband, the community and the school.
It describes the unrelenting and nearly unbearable grief and loss. There were so many questions and so few answers. Why would Trevor do this? Where were the signs that Trevor had been depressed? Did someone else know something about Trevor’s pain? Why would such a bright young man choose this?
How would she go on? She had so many unanswered questions. How would she care for her other three children and her grief-stricken husband? How would her 20+ year marriage survive the biggest trial it had ever faced?
These issues and the grieving process she lived through are all laid out with raw honesty, but are told as if she was sitting with you on the front porch with a cup of coffee.
After experiencing all the stages of grief and despite everything, Rebecca finds a way to dig her way back to life.She chooses to live a life with more happiness and purpose than ever before. This book tells how she uses various support groups and therapy sessions to cope, but ultimately does some major work on her own to enter life again.
Not as the same woman, but a new, more conscious and mindful mother, wife and friend. She depicts how her personal transformation helped her make the decision to leave her accounting career, lose weight, do major decluttering and forgiveness work, and set some big goals for her life.
This book shows how one woman turned her grief and the lessons she learned from it to a purposeful, happy life that she is now living on her terms.
Her hope is that anyone facing major obstacles in their life would find inspiration through her story.
Like millions of other parents, Dr. Kelly Barbour-Conerty was living a normal life, spending time with her daughters, watching them grow up and making plans for their futures. Then, in the blink of an eye, along with the screeching of tires and the crushing of a metal car frame, that normality came to a sudden and horrific end. Her 16 year-old daughter, Lexi, was killed in a car crash only 1 ½ miles from home on the way to a meeting of her church youth group, and Kelly instantly became the newest member of The Grieving Parents Club.
For years, Kelly has lived and struggled with a new normal-one that doesn’t include Lexi. Like so many other grieving parents before her, she has grappled with the big questions–Why did this happen to my child? How can I go on without my child? and the small ones-Do I hang a Christmas stocking? What should I do with her things?
Kelly knows first-hand of the darkness that comes with the grief after the death of a child, but with the help of other members of the Club who felt her pain and kindly offered advice at every stage of the grieving process, she has learned how to survive, cope and heal, and how to bring a ray of light, hope, and joy to other grieving parents.
If you are a grieving parent, or know one, Kelly’s new Amazon #1 bestseller, The Grieving Parents Club: How to Survive, Cope and Heal after the Death of a Child, can help. By sharing her journey through this hardest grief and the insights that she has gained over the years from other members of the Club, Kelly hopes to let other grieving parents know that they are never alone in their journey.
No matter what, members of the Grieving Parents Club will be there to help each other.
One thing has saved her: the heaven-sent hope found only in Christ.
If hope is scarce in your life, this special booklet will draw you-toward a fresh perspective on suffering, true scriptural encouragement, and this beloved author’s hard-won insights about the goodness of God.
In her life’s journey Joni has learned to meet suffering on God’s terms. She has learned that joy is for real. And most of all, she has learned that hope is the best of things when we give it a chance. This book powerfully communicates all these truths from someone who has lived them, so that you can live them too, no matter what you’re going through.
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About the author:
Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community that numbers 610 million people worldwide. This organization operates out of the new Joni and Friends International Disability Center located in Agoura Hills, California. Joni is not only an international disability advocate but an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Pearls of Great Price, Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious Than Silver, the Platinum award-winning Joni, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love.