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The Bereavement Ministry Program

The Bereavement Ministry Program

A Comprehensive Guide for Churches 

Author: Jan Nelson

Author: David Aaker

Price: $49.95

Format: Three-Ring Binder

Length: 288 pages, plus CD-ROM

Trim size: 8.5 x 11 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-192-3

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 1, 2009

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Parish-proven and customizable for diverse audiences, The Bereavement Ministry Program provides everything needed to begin and nurture a church-based program of bereavement care for individuals and families. Benefit from the wisdom, sensitivity, and expertise of Jan Nelson and David Aaker in meeting the needs of those in your communities who experience loss.

The new and repackaged version of this program now includes a searchable CD-ROM containing the letters and resources that are the trademark of this program. The content has been updated to include current resource lists of recommended reading and national grief support networks. Additionally, bereavement ministers are provided with extensive practical advice on managing stress, getting enough sleep and exercise, prayer, journaling, and other healthy grieving practices.


"Even more handy and easy to use."

"My parish ministry of consolation has used The Bereavement Ministry Program for many years. I have recommended this veritable ministry 'toolbox' to bereavement ministers across the country. It is truly an asset to any holistic parish-based ministry to the bereaved. Now it is even more handy and easy to use.

John M. Cherek, President
National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved, 2001–2008

"A great resource."

"The articles, resource lists, and reproducible handouts of The Bereavement Ministry Program continue to be our guide in training our bereavement ministers and strengthening both our diocesan and parish ministry to the bereaved. Nelson and Aaker have given us a great resource that enables the bereaved and the minister to build and maintain a deeply spiritual relationship of compassion and healing."

Fr. Gene Neff, Director, Ministry to Sick and Aged
Catholic Diocese of Belleville (Illinois)

Bereavement Ministry: Giving Voice to Our Grief and Suffering