Tammy Trent Shares How to Heal from Grief
- Monday, June 14, 2004
When you lose someone you love, you lose not just the person, but also the dreams of a shared future together. The force of the pain can knock the wind of hope right out of you. But, with God’s help, you can learn to breathe again.
Here are some ways you can heal from grief:
Allow yourself to experience your emotions. Don’t try to suppress your natural emotions of shock, denial, anger, sorrow, fear or any other type of feeling. Realize that these emotions will help you process your loss. Don’t be ashamed of them or afraid to let yourself feel them.
Know that God is with you. Remember God’s promise to never leave you or forsake you. Know that He has experienced great grief Himself, and completely understands how you’re feeling. Remember that God loves you deeply and unconditionally, and that He is always available to listen to your prayers.
Pray. Don’t be afraid to pray about any of your thoughts and feelings, or to ask God hard questions. Trust that God will send you peace in response to your prayers. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in your life each day, giving you joy that will cover your grief and help you move forward.
Accept support from friends and family members. Let caring people around you give you the help and encouragement you need – from simple hugs and notes of sympathy to assistance with funeral arrangements. Don’t be ashamed to be honest with others if you need help with meals or chores for a while. Realize that people who love you genuinely want to help and are looking for specific ways to do so.
Go easy on yourself. Cut back on your responsibilities for a while so you can focus your energy on healing. Take some time off work, if possible, and cut back on your activities. Get all the sleep you need.
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