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How to Embrace Grief and Move Toward Healing



Understanding Grief

Grief comes from various sources: losing a loved one, the end of a relationship, career setbacks, or life transitions. It's important to recognize that grief is complex and unique to each person. It’s not a process that can be rushed or avoided.


Why Grieving Matters

Grief, if not handled well, can lead to more grief. As one author put it, "If we don’t talk it out with someone, we’ll take it out on someone." The key question is: How do we grieve well?


The Healing Process

  1. Acknowledge Your Pain: Start by recognizing your grief. Psalm 56:8 reminds us that God sees our sorrows and records our tears. It's essential to accept your feelings and understand that grief is a journey.

  2. Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive community. At RiverGlen, we offer programs like Stephen Ministry and GriefShare to help you navigate this journey. Being part of a supportive community can make a significant difference.

  3. Lean on Your Faith: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 encourages us to not grieve like those without hope. Our faith in Jesus Christ gives us the strength to endure our pain, knowing that there is hope beyond our current suffering.


Practical Steps for Grieving Well

  • Be Patient: Grief doesn't follow a set timeline. Give yourself permission to feel whatever you need to feel each day.

  • Recognize Triggers: Triggers remind us of the special relationships and experiences we had. They can come at unexpected times, but they are a normal part of the grieving process.

  • Find Various Supports: Engage with practical, pastoral, and professional support. Whether it's friends and family, church programs, or professional counselors, having different types of support can be crucial in your healing journey.


Conclusion

Grief is hard but not hopeless, long but not endless, and complex but not impossible. Through faith and community, we can find healing and be a light to others who are grieving.

If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, please reach out for support. Our prayer team is available after services, and our resources like Stephen’s Ministry and GriefShare are here to help you navigate your grief. Let's walk this path together, finding hope and healing in God's presence.


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