NAVIGATING A HURRICANE OF HURTS: Strategies to Prepare for, Respond to and Recover From Loss

God heals our broken hearts, even when we lose someone we love.  Unfortunately, there is not a timetable for grief, however you can cling on to the promises that God made in Psalm 147:3.  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” As you read this book, embrace the strategies that are provided to help you Prepare for, Respond to and Recover from the losses that you have or will experience, whether they be  God ordained; natural disasters or man-made.  Allow the scripture references and my personal testimonies to heal, uplift and inspire you as you too, “Navigate A Hurricane of Hurts.”

What’s Inside?

Excerpts from the Introduction

When the Inevitable Happens

Everything the Lord created has a life cycle. Therefore, it is important that I set the tone for this book by sharing a portion of scriptures that reminds us that there is “A Time for Everything.”

Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. 

16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. 17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.” 18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” 22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

As you navigate the pages of this book, embrace the seasons of our life cycle that we each must endure.   Take note of the strategies that are provided to help guide you through significant events in your life, whether they be natural disasters, man-made or God ordained occurrences.  Allow my testimonies and the scripture references provided to heal, uplift, and inspire you to prepare for the loss of your loved ones, as well as making the appropriate advanced directive and estate planning preparations for yourself.  Your detailed outline will help your survivors respond appropriately and most of all carry on your legacy long after you are gone.

The death of a loved one can be much like a hurricane, that roars onto land bringing punishing winds, torrential rain, walls of water and darkness.  A hurricane consists of five main parts: outflow, feeder bands, eyewall, eye, and the storm surge which I will describe through the chapters within this book.  Their violent winds can flip cars, sink boats, and rip houses and families apart. Although you prepare in advance, responding to and recovering from the impacts of a hurricane or the death of a loved one can be devastating. 

Rest assured, that God can chase the wind, the rain and water surges that wreak havoc on the coastline and damage hundreds of miles inland communities and in the same manner, Psalm 147:3 reminds us that, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  That is exactly what the Lord has done for me. 

About the Author

The Lord placed it on her heart to share with the world the journey from grief to healing that has helped her, “Navigate a Hurricane of Hurts.”   She founded the Heart 2 Heart Compassionate Widow’s Circles to bridge the gap between church and community while empowering and encouraging believers and unbelievers to:

“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” — Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV)

Special Recognition

The individuals listed below have been patiently awaiting the arrival of this book.
It was each of them that sowed into this project and helped this book come alive.
God bless you! I'm keeping you all in my prayers!