What is grief? Grief is an emotional response to the death of someone or something significant to us. There are various intensities of grief and different people express their pain differently. In this introductory video Dr. Willets gives an overview of grief and why it is vital for individuals to fully walk the journey of grief.
"I have often longed for a resource that could help me guide people to experience and express grief in a healthy way. Finally, there is an excellent resource available to help us."
Dr. Anthony Jordan
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
"There are some books that strengthen the mind, and there are others that warm the heart. David Willets' Silverlining is one of those rare books that does both. ”
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Author, Happiness Doesn't Just Happen
"No one understands the grief process better than Dave Willets and he is uniquely qualified to share from his own walk down the trail of healing."
Wendell C. Lang
Pastor, Surrey Hills Baptist Church
Moore Funeral Home sat down with Dr. Willets to talk about the book.
Dr. T. David Willets is a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, along with his wife, Melanie. David has served in pastoral ministry for over 45 years. Presently, Dr. Willets is the Grief Specialist with Seasons Hospice, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is Certified as a Grief Counselor (CG-C) by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals.
Along with serving local churches in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Louisiana, Dr. Willets has done extensive family and individual counseling. He has been a frequent speaker at church leadership training conferences, marriage/family enrichment retreats and local service organizations.
Dr. Willets has earned the following degrees: B.A. in history from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and the D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. The emphasis of his two seminary degrees are in pastoral care and counseling.
If you are interested in Dr. Willets speaking at your church or organization, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Willets’ personal beliefs
My concern for anyone who is grieving the death of someone or something significant in their life is that they believe in what gives them concrete hope and relative peace to walk through their particular storm.
What you believe going into a personal storm will determine how well you walk through that storm. That is why I feel it is important for me to share my personal spiritual beliefs so you can, at least, see how they held up under the heat of blistering grief.
First, the Bible is the primary source of authority over what I believe. I don’t feel compelled to prove the authenticity of the Bible because it has proven trustworthy in dozens of personal storms in my life. The Bible is what taught me that I can grieve with hope.
Second, the source of my salvation is Jesus of Nazareth. I am not a Christian because I am a white male from European decent. My faith is placed in Jesus because I believe what the Bible says he is, the Son of God. I don’t believe in the conservative Jesus or the liberal Jesus, I believe in the Jesus who is fully revealed in the Bible.
Third, the source of my comfort is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the primary function of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is to bring comfort. I advise people to verbally call on the Holy Spirit to give them comfort in times of grief. He is faithful and He will comfort you.
Forth, the source of my encouragement is the people who believe like me. In the book and video series I counseled you to find a core group of people who believe as you believe. When the storms of life hit, these are the people who can stand soul to soul with you.
If you wish to contact me for any further spiritual counseling, click the “contact us” link on the home page. If you do not have a Bible, one will be delivered to you free of charge.
Caring For Those Who Care
Sat, Apr 18
Evergreen Baptist Church
Apr 18, 1:30 PM
Evergreen Baptist Church, 10301 East 111th St S, Bixby, OK 74008, USA
Dr. Willets will be speaking at Evergreen Baptist Church on April 18th 2020, at 1:30pm and 4:00pm.
Free admission. Open to the public.
Finding Your Silverlining in the Midst of Change
Mon, Mar 23
Oklahoma Methodist Manor
Mar 23, 7:00 PM
Oklahoma Methodist Manor, 4134 E 31st St, Tulsa, OK 74135, USA
Oklahoma Methodist Manor will be hosting Dr. Willets on March 23rd at 7:30pm and on March 24th at 1:30pm. This special event will be held in Fleming Hall. Free admission. Open to the public.
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