By: Carmen Willings
Learning your child has a visual impairment or is blind can cause feelings of grief and sadness. People cope differently but it is healthy to acknowledge your feelings and give yourself time to adjust to your new reality. Finding support from friends or families, or seeking resources from professionals or other parents who have had similar experiences can help as you work through your emotions.
FamilyConnect provides suggestions for parents dealing with emotional impact of learning your child is blind or visually impaired. Sensitive topics they cover include:
The following are resource books that on grief and suffering that may help you. If you have found other books helpful, please share them with me so I can include them here.
When God Doesn't Make Sense
Dobson, James C. When God Doesn't Make Sense. Drawing on his long experience as a christian psychologist and family counselor, Dr. Dobson brings hope to those who have almost given up and are struggling with trials and heartaches they can't understand.
Finding God When You Need Him Most
Ingram, Chip. Finding God When You Need Him Most. Chip Ingram reveals how readers can meet God in the midst of their most difficult circumstances. The book will remind readers that the Lord is faithful to hear their heart's cry and will be there for them.
Overcoming Emotions That Destroy
Ingram & Johnson. Overcoming Emotions That Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feeling That Ruin Relationships Chip Ingram and Dr. Becca Johnson offer encouragement and advice on how to identify your own anger profile as either a spewer, leaker, or stuffer - and how to harness that anger so you can grow personally, relationally and spiritually.
A Bend In The Road: Experiencing God When Your World Caves In
Jeremiah, David. A Bend In The Road: Experiencing God When Your World Caves In. Dr. David Jeremiah shares the comfort and hope of the Psalms and how these truths can guide believers through life's greatest challenges. He includes inspiring real-life stories to help and encourage people facing major obstacles in life.
Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering
Keller, Timothy. Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering. This Christian book, focuses on why bad things including pain and suffering happen and how we, as Christians, should respond to them.
On Grief and Grieving
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss. On Grief and Grieving applies the stages discussed in on Death and Dying to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice.
The Blessings of Brokenness
Stanley, Charles. The Blessings of Brokenness: Why God Allows Us to Go Through Hard Times. Dr. Stanley shares how God can help you when you experience circumstances so shattering you wonder how you can pick up the pieces. Through biblical insight, you can reassemble the shards of your life into a wholeness that only the broken can know.
Where Is God When It Hurts
Yancey, Philip. Where Is God When It Hurts? Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain and helps the reader understand why we suffer. It speaks to those for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense.
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