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John L. Bell & Graham Maule

Songs for times of sorrow and bereavement

When a loved one or friend dies, there’s the need to express deep gratitude for their life and to celebrate the significant stages of their journey. And often it’s even vital to express the hard emotions of doubt, despair and anger. Yet we’re not blessed with on over-abundance of hymns to articulate this.

These 25 congregational songs (complimenting the choral collection, The Last Journey) attempt to address this dearth, at both personal and communal levels. There is also a CD of The Last Journey

Includes As if you were not there, The last journey, We cannot measure how you heal and O Christ you wept.




112 pages

ISBN 0947988912



Who is there to understand?
How long, O Lord?
We cannot measure how you heal
I cry to God
Word of the Father
A woman’s care
God was there
Let your restless hearts be still
Sing, my soul
Be still and know that I am God
Since we are summoned
O Christ, you wept
God give us life
A touching place
Calm in the storm
The last journey
Go, silent friend
‘He is not here,’ the angel said
For all the saints
Stay with us now
A cradling song
There is a place
What shall we pray?
As if you were not there
Listen, Lord.

1 review for WHEN GRIEF IS RAW (BK)

  1. Stephen Dean (in The Liturgy Planner)

    “There is a directness of expression in these songs which few contemporary songwriters even imagine is possible, let alone attempt… They enable catharsis through questionning, doubt and the ‘naming of fears’, and yet none are devoid of a final word of hope in God… ‘We have forgotten how to lament’, is a phrase from the Introduction… this excellent collection shows us how to start,” – STEPHEN DEAN in THE LITURGY PLANNER.

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