Above all else, grief is a response to loss. It may take several shapes and forms – from painful and passionate tears to striking outbursts of anger. Grief is experienced on physical, mental, emotional, social and philosophical levels. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement is the state of loss; grief is the response to the loss.
A tribute is wealth that one person gives to another as a sign of respect or allegiance. To be called a tribute, the payment must be made from a lesser party to the greater one. In ancient times, the tribute often reflected political submission of an inferior army to a superior one. Technically, payment from the superior party to the inferior one is called a subsidy.
Whether one faces loss through personal, family or community disaster, there is potential for change and growth through the loss. Writing from his own experiences, Wright covers such issues as the meaning of grief, why so many blame God during troubles, and strategies for expressing emotions during times of loss.