Deal with your grief. After one of your parents passes away, turn to God with your grief and invite Him to use it to help you grow. Search for biblical answers to your deepest questions. Openly discuss your grief with some people you trust and to whom you’re close. Appreciate the legacy your parent has left behind. Direct some of the energy from your grief in positive ways by working hard to build a good legacy of your own.

Adapted from The Overwhelmed Woman’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, copyright 2008 by Julie-Allyson Ieron. Published by Moody, Chicago, Il.,

Julie-Allyson Ieron is the author of Names of Women of the Bible, and general editor of the Believer’s Life System Compact Size. Throughout her career in public relations and management, Julie has been a speaker and instructor. Julie has authored five books and contributed to textbooks on writing. Her articles have appeared in various Christian publications, newspapers, and business magazines. Julie, who makes her home in Chicago, is a Mentor/Master Craftsman with the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild and a contributing writer for Today’s Christian Woman.