The loss of a loved one can leave behind overwhelming grief. How we respond to grief looks different for each person. Some people try hard to stay strong and keep it together. Others fall completely apart, not performing the most basic functions.
Regardless of your initial reaction to loss, allowing yourself to grieve is the first step to experiencing comfort. Part of the grieving process is admitting we need help and being open to God’s presence in the pain.
We can also experience grief from losses of other kinds. Job loss, divorce, splitting of friend groups, and estrangement from a child can cause similar feelings of grief.
What stops us from being lost in our grief is hope. Hope that we’ll see a loved one in heaven one day. Hope that God can take a bad situation and use it for good.
Whatever kind of grief you’re experiencing, don’t grieve alone.