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Faith is balm for ‘collective grief’ after tragedy

By Julie Yarbrough, Special Contributor… “We know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4, CEB) When an entire community is stunned and shocked by large-scale loss, most recently the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a kind of collective grief envelops everyone touched by the tragedy. Usually […]

Q&A: Expert gives insight into journey through grief

Julie Yarbrough is an active laywoman at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas and the author of a series of grief resources, entitled Beyond the Broken Heart, for Abingdon Press. Special contributor Sheron Patterson talked with the author for a Q&A about grief; here are excerpts. Why the title Beyond the Broken Heart? In […]