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Praying Our Goodbyes Paperback – May, 1989

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Letting go of what we cherish is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. And that includes letting go of jobs, homes, relationships, good health, illusions, self-importance, and even loved ones. But unless we learn to say goodbye as well as hello, we are crippled by our suffering.
This tender and realistic book can be your personal guide to accepting our inevitable goodbyes even as it reminds us that when we are suffering most deeply, the seed of hope still lives within us. Discover the emotions that goodbyes awaken and turn to the twenty-four specific prayers designed to help you deal with nearly every imaginable kind of loss.
PRAYING OUR GOODBYES should not be kept for special occasions, however, for its poetic wisdom offers the means of enriching every day, of saying hello and goodbye to every precious moment of life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife and retreat and conference speaker. A member of the Servite community, she has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa. Joyce is the author of more than ten bestselling books including, May I Have This Dance?, The Cup of Life, Praying Our Goodbyes, Fresh Bread, Your Sorrow is My Sorrow and The Cosmic Dance.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; New edition edition (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877933707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877933700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,415,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My mother gave me a copy of "Praying Our Goodbyes" in 1998, shortly after the death of my son. I am just now getting around to absorbing its wonderful, tender message. I especially like the parts on taking quiet times to reflect on the loss of a loved one. Many may have anger or disappointment with God when a loved one dies and Joyce addresses that and focuses on how our prayers change with loss. She includes many meaningful prayers for various losses in our lives. ---Alice J. Wisler, "Slices of Sunlight, A Cookbook of Memories"
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By A Customer on May 27, 1998
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The author's words are profound and provide comfort and guidance to those suffering through the various good-byes of life. It helped me work through a very painful relationship break-up. Her description of the "existenstial ache" was a particular comfort and is something we can all relate to. It helps to know one is not alone in one's "aloneness". The prayers and exercises are healing.
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By A Customer on February 12, 1998
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My son died 6 mo. ago at the age of 18 & this book was one of the most comforting books I have read.I highlighted passages to refer back to on dark days. Good for all kinds of life's "Goodbyes".
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By A Customer on August 6, 1998
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My father died just months ago and it has been very hard to accept. This book was given to me by a relative and has been such a blessing to my spirit. It gives hope and helps turn that darkness to light. The path is still difficult at times but the inspiration this book has brought me has been a great comfort in my life.
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This book gave me the courage to leave a place I had lived and loved for 22 years and move to another state. Her descriptions of the loss I felt are right on. I have gifted this book to numerous friends who are facing loss of many kinds. If you're looking for a comforting book on the spirituality of change, this is it!
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Joyce Rupp gives techniques to overcome many of the "goodbyes" a person faces in a life time. I found the chapter on Praying our Goodbyes particularly helpful. It does not take away the loss but helps one deal with it.
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This book is a good read for almost all levels of life's losses in need of closure. Rupp's detailed explanations for creating a personal "Praying Good-bye" space using a symbolic object item from the loss situation, nature, one's faith, etc. facilitates personal wholeness.

Although the writer's Christian faith is predominant in this work, the book can be acclimated to all faiths and perhaps to those with a lack thereof. It is the one book I return to for myself or, when appropriate, to give as a gift to others who may be experiencing a grief, retirement and other loss issues.
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We used this work as a resources in a support for group for separated and divorced adults in our Catholic parish. The blend of poetry, prose and useful spiritual advice was exceptionally helpful to our group.

Deacon Mark Hobson
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