New Book Offers Help for Dealing with Grief and Loss During the Holidays

ENUMCLAW, WA — As a person with strong faith, Janet Johnson believed that when difficulties came, she could face them head on, deal with them, and move on with life. That was until she lost a brother to murder, a son to a car accident, and a brother-in-law to suicide. Other events triggered more grief, like moving away from friends and family, severe illnesses, a traumatic brain injury, family members with disabilities, and even the loss of hopes and dreams.

Grief: Refreshingly honest, engaging, with practical activities, Surviving the Holidays While Grieving will guide readers toward healing and peaceJanet was unprepared for the swell of emotions that surfaced at unexpected times—and often controlled her. She wondered, Will I ever find joy again?

Surviving the Holidays While Grieving offers a glimpse of Janet’s journey with grief, pain, and loss. With compassion and tenderness, she shares how it is possible to find joy and make new memories, and how, even in the darkest days, hope and peace can emerge.

Refreshingly honest, authentic, and engaging, with practical activities to remember the lost loved one, Janet hopes Surviving the Holidays While Grieving will guide readers toward healing and greater peace. It’s a must-have toolkit for anyone dealing with grief who wants to take steps forward with joy and recognize God’s faithful presence in and through the journey.


Janet Johnson is a pastor, spiritual formation mentor, author, writer, and speaker whose passion is to draw others closer to God in life’s situations. She holds a BA, MSW, and MDiv, is an associate member of the Order of St. Luke healing ministry, and has completed the Academy of Spiritual Formation and the Pastors of Excellence Program. She frequently teaches on grief and joy and also writes regularly for a Christian magazine. She and her husband, Richard, live in North Carolina and have four grown children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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