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Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One Hardcover – February 1, 2013


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"Saying Goodbye is a beautiful gift book, perfect for those times when you have no words of your own. Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe write with compassion and empathy, like a visit with close friends. They provide thoughtful tips and some helpful resources for the grieving heart. The paintings by Michal Sparks are more beautiful in person than pictures online can convey."
--Tracy Ruckman, PixNPens.com


"For more than 30 years--as attorney, ministry counselor and friend--I have helped those facing the difficult question, ‘How do I say goodbye?' Often the one asking is a spouse, child or friend, but at times it has been the one near death. Saying Goodbye by Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe has the answer. Written with great sensitivity, love and caring, Saying Goodbye provides a simple, touching guide drawn from the authors' own experiences. I highly recommend this book. I only wish I could have read and shared it all those years ago."
--Chuck Graham, founder and executive director, Ciloa


"This is a very good book for anyone struggling with saying goodbye.  It covers many critical areas for those facing loss of a loved one in a very sensitive and practical way.  I could recommend it to anyone."
--Steven Higginbotham, Hospice Associate Medical Director


"I like Cecil's style of writing to comfort those who are hurting. This book will be a good tool for all Stephen Ministers and their care receivers to read alone or together."
--Marietta Burgess, Stephens Minster leader, Christ the King Lutheran Church

About the Author

Cecil Murphey is an international speaker and bestselling author who has written more than 100 books, including New York Times bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper). Cecil has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain for many years, and through his ministry and books such as When Someone You Love Has Cancer, Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, and When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers, he has encouraged thousands.

Hospice chaplain and pastor Gary Roe writes from the experience of 30 years of ministry, including campus ministry, church planting in Japan, and two pastorates. He writes a weekly column on hospice care for a Texas newspaper and contributes regularly to Shattering the Silence, Cecil Murphey's blog ministry for male sexual abuse survivors.

Michal Sparks' artwork can be found throughout the home-furnishings industry in textiles, gift items, dinnerware, and more. She is the artist for Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, When Someone you Love Has Cancer and A Simple Gift of Comfort. She and her family live in New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736950591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736950596
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks to Gary, Cecil and Michal for this wonderful book on saying "goodbye".
Denise K. Turner
I would recommend purchasing multiple copies and sharing them with your loved ones.
Leslie Willett
They provide thoughtful tips and some helpful resources for the grieving heart.
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Format: Hardcover
Title: Saying Goodbye - Facing the Loss of a Loved One
Author: Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe
Paintings by: Michal Sparks
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5059-6

"You may be facing the loss of someone you love. Whether you've gotten along well or argued often, as long as the other one lives, you have hope for a healthy relationship. But death puts an end to possibilities and dreams," Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe write in their book, "Saying Goodbye - Facing the Loss of a Loved One."

This small six-by-six inch hardcover book contains sixty-four pages that are dedicated to those we have loved and are now losing or have lost in our lives. With painted serene scenes depicting flowers, flora and landscapes on almost every page by artist Michal Sparks, the muted backgrounds give comfort and calmness to those grieving for the passing of our cherished ones. Targeted toward those dealing with death, its hope in God and Christianity are spread among the pages in a loving, non-judgmental way.

Written from both a man and woman's perspective, there are ten short four to six page stories about relationships where someone has died at various stages of the end of their lives. Each story has a title along with the author's name. At the end of the book are four chapters on additional helpful information about dying, death and grieving.

Trying to ease the fear and anxiety during such an emotional period, story topics include preparing oneself for death, making sure there are no regrets, verifying God's love of both the loved one and reader, taking care of yourself, affirming the loved one, receiving a blessing, completing unfinished business, letting go and finally confirming it is all right to die.
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By Judith Robl on February 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gary Roe and Cecil Murphy have written an inspiring and helpful book titled Saying Goodbye. If you are in the midst of losing a family member or close friend, this book will help you gain some perspective and become less uncomfortable with what is happening and how to deal with it.

Having worked in a geriatric facility for some years, I had occasion to watch this process through varying degrees of involvement. From close personal experience, I sat regularly with my maternal grandmother during her battle with pancreatic cancer, and I was holding my mother's hand when she succumbed to colon cancer.

The well chosen anecdotes in this book ring totally true. I've seen and heard much the same thing time and again with people in the process of leaving this world. When you have read these vignettes, there are four helpful lists at the back of the book: dos and don'ts, comforting yourself and family, accepting comfort from others, and a list of resources.

If you are not now engaged in saying goodbye to someone you love, the chances are you will be at some time. When that time comes, you will be grateful to have read this book and to have kept it close at hand.
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For more than 30 years--as attorney, ministry counselor and friend--I have helped those facing the difficult question, "How do I say goodbye?" Often the one asking is a spouse, child or friend, but at times it has been the one near death. Saying Goodbye--Facing the Loss of a Loved One by Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe has the answer. Written with great sensitivity, love and caring, Saying Goodbye provides a simple, touching guide drawn from the authors' own experiences. I highly recommend this book. I only wish I could have read and shared it all those years ago.

Chuck Graham

Founder & Executive Director of Ciloa...Encouraging one another as long as it is called Today!
Author of The Company, Take the Stand, A Year of Encouragement, and Another Year of Encouragement.
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I don't need the fluff. Just tell me what I'm supposed to do when my loved one is dying. Is it okay to feel this anger? What about unfinished business? How do I communicate with her? What do I say or not say? What does she really need from me? How in the world could I ever bring myself to say, "It's okay to die now honey?"

Those are the answers I got from this book. And it didn't take me several days of reading to get them. No fluff. I read the whole thing in one evening and it cut right to my heart. And thank you guys for the practical stuff at the end. The questions that you answered at the end--how are we supposed to find those answers on our own? And who would I ask anyway? Thank you for giving me such practical advice.

This book is a ministry more than anything else. Thank you Gary and Cec, for caring enough and taking the time to write it.
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I am a hospice medical director and geriatrician. Thanks to Gary, Cecil and Michal for this wonderful book on saying "goodbye". This book is concise enough to be read in an hour, but covers a wide range of topics with regards to relating to a dying loved one. I will be referring back to this book frequently and will purchase it for those who are dealing with this difficult situation. When in the midst of a crisis, we need brief, practical information presented in a way that is easy to process. This book accomplishes this task. There are quick guides at the end of the book. The watercolor illustrations are beautiful. Thanks again!
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