5 years ago today, we held our daughter as she died.
She was so tiny, just 15 oz and 11 inches long. Our daughter lived for eighty minutes and taught us that whether someone lives for eighty years or a mere eighty minutes, life is but a breath; a mere vapor!
We named her Kylie Joy – a name we didn’t realize would be so full of meaning – “Beautiful Joy that comes back!”
Our family could think of no better way to honor our daughter, her life, and the beauty she brought into our lives, then to launch this Resource Guide on her Birth and Glory Day! As we launch Good Grief!, we watch as God is taking a very traumatic day for our family and turning this same day into something beautiful! Our desire is to come alongside those who grieve by helping men and women understand they are not alone, while equipping their family and friends to know what to say and how to help!
What is Good Grief! about?
By the time Erica McNeal was thirty-two years old, she was already a three-time cancer survivor, and had experienced the loss of five children. Erica has chosen to say, “Why not me?” and uses her cancer and child-loss to equip men and women to learn how to effectively love people who grieve. Erica combats common empty platitudes and Christian cliche’s, while giving her readers insight as to why certain words, actions, and inactions can be painful for the hurting. But, Erica doesn’t stop there, she also provides tangible solutions of: What not to say, What to say, What to remember, How to help, and How to pray.
For anyone who chooses to purchase Good Grief! from June 11-15, we are offering the following bonuses as thank you gifts.
Purchase an eBook, soft cover, or hard cover copy of Good Grief! and send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org . Each person who sends their receipt will:
Bonus #1: Receive a link to immediately download a pdf version of Good Grief!
Bonus #2: Have up to 5 chances to win one of the following daily thank you gifts, randomly chosen at the end of each day Monday through Friday, and announced the following morning here on my website:
$45 Carrabbas OR $45 Outback Gift Card
$50 Amazon OR $50 Best Buy Gift Card
Signed Hard Cover copy of Good Grief! and Signed copy of The Hour that Matters Most from Les and Leslie Parrott
Bonus #3: Receive a free downloadable podcast of my talk, You Are Not Alone.
Bonus #4: Receive a free downloadable recording of the Intro of Good Grief!
Bonus #5: For any Organization, Church, Grief Group, or person who purchases 10 or more copies of Good Grief!, you will receive a SIX week Good Grief! Small Group Discussion Guide with a Leaders Guide.
Week 1 – Consider THIS Pure Joy?
Week 2 – Shattering Hypocrisy
Week 3 – Words: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Week 4 – Unmet Expectations and Grief
Week 5 – How Prayer Is Tangible
Week 6 – Putting it All Together
Devotionals, Application, Discussion Questions, and Weekly Challenges in each of the first 5 Lessons, all correlating with Chapters from Good Grief! As soon as I can verify your receipt, I will send you the pdf.
Why Read Now?
Unmet expectations and conflict arise, when people hurting don’t know what they need, and their loved ones don’t know how to help. Good Grief! helps bridge this gap. When we become better equipped to know what to say and how to tangibly support people who are hurting, we can anticipate needs and help our loved ones move forward from their losses, instead of inhibiting their journey.
Who should read Good Grief!?
While Good Grief! was originally written for those who surround the grieving, the feedback we’ve been receiving from those in the process of grieving has been astounding. One woman admitted, “For the first time in 22 years, I feel permission to grieve the loss of my children via miscarriage.” One man shared that reading Good Grief! helped him realize his emotions with his illness were normal, while also learning what to expect as his treatments progressed. And, multiple people have shared they wished Good Grief! had been available when they were processing their grief, so they could have given the book to their family and friends to provide support when they didn’t know what to ask for.
What Others Are Saying:
“The truth of God that has been experienced in the life of another is a foolproof guide. Erica McNeal has just this expertise from a life of perseverance in areas that may comfort us all.” Tommy Nelson
“All of us will eventually have to walk through the valley either personally or with someone we love. This book will prepare you for that journey.” Ken Davis
“If you are going through suffering, have gone through suffering, or know someone who is, then this book will be a tremendous guide and comfort for you.” Sean McDowell
“Good Grief! should be required reading for every pastor who wants to truly minister to the people of their church!” Kevin Baker
“This book was so practical, and enlarged my heart for the hurting and grieving. Everyone needs to read it, whether they are in a state of loss or ministering to someone who is. In the end, my heart was so encouraged and refreshed, even through the story of tragedy.” Gina Parris
“What I had assumed was a “chick book” is in fact a book that opened my eyes to how those well intended condolences can leave a grieving person hurting more, or certainly not comforted! I literally could not put the book down!” Charlie Hill
Where to Buy:
Good Grief! is available in Kindle, Paperback, and Hard Cover formats!
Barnes and Noble
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