Table of contents for Ceremonies for spiritual healing and growth / Henry Close.

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CONTENTS 
Acknowledgments 
Author¿s Note 
PART I: CEREMONIES FOR HEALING 
Introduction 
The Meaning of Adoption 
Acceptance of Responsibility 
An Allegory on Being a Family 
Exchange of Gifts 
The Lord¿s Prayer Declaration 
Chapter 1. Divorce 
Principles of Divorce 
A Charge to the Couple 
An Acceptance of Separateness 
Acknowledgment of Divorce 
Benediction 
Chapter 2. A Funeral Service for an Aborted Baby 
Chapter 3. Support for a Rape Survivor 
Chapter 4. The Commitment to Stop Smoking 
Introduction 
Commitment 
Affirmation 
Benediction 
Chapter 5. A Refugee Child on o Visit Home 
Chapter 6. A Memorial Service for One Killed in War 
Opening Prayer 
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Biographical Statement and Opening Comments 
Litany 
Moments of Appreciation 
Closing Prayer 
Chapter 7. A Funeral for a Prodigal Son 
Opening Prayer 
Meditation 
Closing Prayer 
Chapter 8. Forgiving Another Person 
Opening Prayer 
Litany 
Prayer of Confession 
Guided Meditation 
Benediction 
Chapter 9. Forgiving Oneself 
Opening Prayer 
Personal Affirmation 
Litany 
Prayer of Confession 
Closing Prayer 
Chapter 10. Addressing Children¿s Phobias 
Part II: The Life Cycle 
Chapter 11. Marriage 
Premarital Consultation 
Ministering to Nervous Brides 
The Wedding Service 
Ceremony Introduction 
Chapter 12. Pre- and Postbaptism 
Chapter 13. Reaffirmation of Marriage 
Principles of Remarriage 
A Charge to the Couple 
Acceptance of Responsibility 
Comments on Marriage 
Exchange of Vows 
Prayer of Affirmation 
Declaration 
Benediction 
Chapter 14. Leaving Home 
Chapter 15. From Home to Nursing Home 
Introduction 
Opening Prayer 
The Meaning of Home 
Saying Goodbye 
A Liturgy of Transition 
Exchange of Gifts and Bestowal of a Blessing 
Hymn 
Benediction 
Chapter 16. Funerals 
Chapter 17. A Ceremony for Grieving 
Introduction 
A Prayer of Confession 
Litany 
Meditation 
Chapter 18. Creating Other Ceremonies 
Turning Off the Life Support System 
Approaching Death 
Physical Loss 
Material Loss 
Job Loss 
Organ Transplant 
Miscarriage 
Postpartum Depression 
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After a Funeral 
Accepting Responsibility for One¿s Grandchildren 
Support for a Survivor of Ethnic Cleansing 
Marking the End of an Affair 
Appendix A. Guided Meditation for Spiritual Growth 
Appendix B. Pastoral Care for an Unconscious Person 
Appendix C. Letting Go 
Appendix D. Letters from Santa 
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Index

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Rites and ceremonies.
Life change events -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Spiritual healing.
Spiritual formation.