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|Grief Is a Process: Moving From Why To What|
Handling Loss and Grief
Living Free Every Day
Thoughts for Today
Recovery from the death of a loved one requires being open with God and inviting him to teach us truths that can be discovered in no other way. As a result, we can draw closer to him, find shelter and healing in his safe place and become better equipped to help others who are facing major challenges in their life.
Grief involves a series of steps. When approaching the last steps, many people reach a resistance stagethey resist fully accepting the death. Acceptance involves recovering from the shock of the loss and overcoming denial confronting anger and channeling it appropriately dealing with depression. Only as we face these challenges can we accept the loss and submit it to the sovereignty of God.
Acceptance brings us to the point of replacing the "Why?" question with some "What" questions: "Lord, what do you want me to learn from this loss in my life? What do you want me to do now?" He will then be able to show us how to move to recovery.
These thoughts were drawn from
Handling Loss and Grief: How to Face Losses in Life and Grieve Christianly by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. As a person goes through this group they will be able to identify what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. To grieve is human; how to grieve Christianly is supernatural. It requires us to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us through the grieving process. This study also provides guidance in the use of Scripture to help the grieving. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss and comfort to those who have faced loss.
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