When tragic situations enter our lives, it’s vital for us to learn how to meet and grieve that loss. Grieving after a significant loss in a person’s life takes time. The loss could be any one of a number of things:
- the death of a loved one;
- the loss of financial security;
- the loss of a relationship;
- a lost career; or
- losing a home, or any other kind of loss.
Grief is a process; and everyone grieves in different ways and heals in different ways. So, no one can say how long it will take, or what it will look like.
However, we can know that Jesus will be with us every step of the way for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5) He understands what we’re going through, and His love for us is constant and unwavering.
Since each person will experience the grieving process differently, it means that they will have different needs. Loss is a painful but unavoidable part of life. Even Jesus mourned. (Joh 11:35; Mat 23:37-39) Grieving (mourning) eventually takes a person to a place of acceptance and healing.
Some people prefer to go through this process alone, and others need someone to come alongside them to assist them through it. Whichever way works well for a person is the route that they should take.
Since grief is a natural, human response to pain and loss, we must accept that it serves a purpose for good in our lives. It does not displease the Lord, and there is no reason to feel ashamed of it, or to need to defend it to anyone.
Remember to receive comfort from the Scriptures and from the presence of the Lord; and to share what you’re experiencing with trusted friends and relatives. The Lord is with you surrounding you with His love, peace, and presence.