GRIEF RECOVERY

Living at Peace with Loss

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KEYS FOR LIVING - GRIEF RECOVERY

Will grief never end?

Do you feel like your grief will never end?

Are the losses in your life a continual source of sorrow?

Moving through the grief process takes time and commitment to “stay the course” until the goal of grief is accomplished. Working through your grief is not an easy task. It’s difficult and it involves dedication, but in your pain and sorrow you wonder if you’ll ever be whole again.

Be assured, God has a plan for you during this season of pain. He’ll give you strength to persevere through the hurt. He’ll give you the strength to see that the present offers stability and significance and He’ll enable you to move into the future which holds new and promising hope!

Listen to Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

He’s promised you a peace that passes all understanding.

Grief work involves a step-by-step process of walking through the sorrow and into healthy emotional healing.

Living at Peace with Loss

How do you cope when a deep or tragic loss leaves you feeling empty, angry, or alone? Healing is a journey, and while there are no shortcuts through the process of grief, God promises not to leave you in the valley of despair. God wants you to place your seasons of sorrow in His hands. He promises to take you from pain to peace and into the light of a new tomorrow. These Keys for Living will teach you to navigate the stages of grief, how to find comfort, and how to help others overcome loss. Are you ready to let go, say goodbye, and find peace from the losses in your life?

Empty. Angry. Alone. If you’ve endured a loss, you know these feelings. You know how grief rips through your heart, making you feel like life will never be the same. Truthfully, it won’t be. Time won’t erase all your pain. You won’t ever slip back into your old routine. When you experience a loss, your life is forever changed. Your “normal” vanishes. This doesn’t mean hope is lost.

Things may never get back to normal, and eventually you will settle into a “new normal” you’ll develop a new routine, a new mindset. Your pain will ease, and your heart will begin to heal. That may seem impossible now, and God has made you to be resilient. He created you to function and grow in a world that constantly changes. He knows you. He knows your heart. And He has a perfect plan for your life that cannot be destroyed by any amount of sorrow. Lean on Him  the God of All Comfort  to lead you out of loss and into new life.

Steps to Letting Go

Grief is an intense emotional suffering caused by personal loss. It involves acute sorrow, deep sadness, suffering, pain, and anguish. Bereavement can be defined more specifically as the grief that follows the death of a loved one. This chapter will focus primarily on that aspect of grief.

Bereavement is a difficult time. The bereaved person will often feel that his or her experience is unique, that no one has ever endured such a loss or suffered as he or she is suffering. There are cycles of healing to the pattern of grief, which permit the sorrowing person to recover in due time.

  • Talk about the history you have shared with that which is lost. Acknowledge that history as a permanent part of your past but no longer a part of your present.
  • Express any unfinished business regarding the past and resolve any remaining issues or feelings (such as regrets, resentments, grievances, or guilt), emptying them out and bringing them to closure.
  • Choose to forgive whatever offenses you may still be harboring and let go of any thoughts of revenge.
  • Release the past to the past and commit to cease trying to make it a part of your present and your future. Trust these words …

“You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.”

Job 11:16

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Grace Filled Words:

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18-17

Additional Scriptures:

Proverbs 3:5-6

2 Corinthians 1:3

Philippians 4:8

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