Dealing with the death of a loved one

Dealing with the death of a loved one takes time. But time, contrary to the popular saying, does not actually heal all wounds. You must bring your pain to Jesus, and He will give you peace.

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Dealing with loss? Grief is the answer.

Many will have to go through the grieving process in order to find peace. The Bible reminds us that “death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” – Ecclesiastes 7:2. Death is the transition of life on earth to life in heaven. We can be thankful that death isn’t the end.

Rejoice in your suffering.

Paul had such a strong faith that he could live his life knowing that God would give him the strength to endure whatever circumstances life threw at him. Paul said, “Rejoice in your suffering because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our heart by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.” – Romans 5:4.

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Coping With Grief and Loss

Grieving can be a long process and it takes on many different forms. Everyone grieves differently, whether it be through tears, pain, or anger. For Dave, grieving involved learning to talk about the pain he was experiencing. The more detailed he was in expressing his pain and suffering in relationship to his losses, the easier it was for him to cope. Although grieving helped him deal with his losses, it still didn’t take away the pain. But grieving did take him to a different place. It eventually brought him to a place of healing, to a place where joy became a part of his life again.

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How to Heal from Grief and Loss

Healing takes time. When hard situations invade our lives, we need to learn how to face and grieve our losses. This could be the loss of financial security, the loss of leisure time, the loss of dignity, the loss of career, the loss of relationships—the list could go on and on. Loss is an inevitable part of life in hard situations, and the grieving process—as difficult and painful as it is—is the means by which we can grow into a place of acceptance and healing. Many people have to go through the grieving process first in order to heal and others need people to come alongside them to help.

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If you or someone you love is dealing with grief or loss, we hope these articles will provide words of encouragement and endurance for the journey.

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