"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.