Losing a loved one is never easy, but with God’s help the grieving and healing process can be manageable. Mourning takes time and patience as it comes and goes in waves. “[G]rief is a suitcase that sits at the bottom of your bed, and no matter what, without failure, you have to pick it up every day, take it with you. Some days it will be filled with rocks, and you don’t think you can carry it, and then other days, light as a feather,” wrote Claire Bennigan, The Whispers.
These Bible verses can help lighten the load and help you heal through the mourning process.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
(13) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. (14) For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Though it may still be painful to think about, you can find some comfort knowing that your loved ones who have passed on are in heaven with Jesus. Moreover, there is hope because you will be reunited with your loved ones when God calls you home.
(4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain. All the old ways are gone.
Life on Earth is not without pain and struggles, especially as we age. If you’ve lost a loved one to sickness or old age, know that the Lord has given them relief from bodily and emotional suffering by bringing them home to heaven.
(28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Though it may be hard to understand at the beginning of the grieving process — especially if the death was sudden— know that God has a plan and does things for the good of His children. There is a reason you lost this person. There is a reason God called them home.
(18) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
God is here for you. He will aid you throughout the mourning process and help you through the darkest times. Through God, this pain can be made bearable. All you need to do is ask. He is right beside you, ready to answer your prayers.
(21) Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Like the promise of the rainbow after the storm, joy will come as you grieve. (And yes, you do deserve to feel happiness, even as you mourn.) However, if you avoid feeling, the healing process will likely be prolonged. Give yourself to grief. Let the tears fall as they come. In time, you will be able to laugh again. Until that day, allow yourself to go through the motions. Lean on God and other people when the pain is too much for you to face by yourself.
Grieving takes time, so try not to get frustrated with yourself if you struggle for months or even years after the loss. Losing someone leaves a wound in the soul, and healing from that injury requires time. If you ever feel like you can’t go it alone, please reach out to a counselor, trusted friend, or pastor for extra strength. For now, look forward to the day when you’ll wake up and find that your suitcase of grief is truly light as a feather.
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