The Ministry of Consolation:
The Parish Guide for Comforting the Bereaved
Terence P. Curley
This booklet is designed to help the reader become familiar with ministry at the time of the funeral.
It concisely outlines the ministry for parishes. It is a well written approach which is a classic
for pastoral theology. It was one of the first books on ritual and loss. There are many fine topics.
The chapter on children and loss gives insights to the child's psychology. Magical thinking and
how the child experiences loss are highlighted. It is a book which includes children in the grieving
process. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to appreciate grief ministry.