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date: 20 October 2019

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Donald Capps’s seminal work in 2003 highlighted the Psalms as a resource for grief counseling in pastoral care. The psalms have been linked to pastoral care based on the issue of grief as a direct result of important work begun by Capps and later continued by other scholars such as Kathleen Billman, Daniel Migliore, and Jaco J. Hamman. This article examines the structure of lament psalms and its role in providing pastoral care in times of grief. It suggests that attending to grief through the pathway of lament underscores the role of the Psalms as a resource for pastoral care and counseling relationships. It also looks at the work of two contemporary scholars, Walter Brueggemann and James Kugel, regarding the power of the Psalms in times of illness.

Keywords: Donald Capps, Psalms, grief, counseling, pastoral care, lament, Walter Brueggemann, James Kugel, illness

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