About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Ed Welch about his book, Someone I Know is Grieving: Caring with Humility and Compassion. Some of the questions addressed in this interview are:
• What might a person be thinking or feeling as they navigate a season of grief?
• What are different causes of grief we should be aware of and prepared to recognize as we seek to handle sufferers with care?
• How does the way we respond to our own sorrows and griefs shape the way we engage and help others?
• What does Christ’s wisdom have to do with the way we engage someone else’s grief?
• What are some hurtful ways we might engage grieving people in conversation? What are some helpful ways to extend a compassionate invitation to conversation?
• How does Christlike humility guard us from speaking harshly or hastily to grieving people?
• What can the local church do to improve upon their care for whose who are grieving?
About the Guest
Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD,is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). Ed has been counseling for over forty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His biblical counseling books include Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest, A Small Book about a Big Problem, A Small Book for the Anxious Heart, A Small Book about Why We Hide, I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Someone I Know Is Grieving.
When someone is grieving, it can be hard to know what to say or do. We want to be helpful, not hurtful, but it’s easy to go wrong. The good news is that we can learn to approach those who are grieving with the same compassion that Jesus shows us when we are grieving. It starts with humility and listening well and expands into practical support as the Spirit leads us.
In Someone I Know Is Grieving, Edward T. Welch leans on his many years of counseling grieving people to help readers learn from their compassionate Savior how to respond to people’s sadness and hard times without advice or trying to “fix it,” but to instead hear their story, learn from others’ experiences, and depend on the Spirit for wisdom for what to say and do.