May 16, 2019

How to care for someone who is grieving

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Grieving is hard

I fell to my knees, letting everything go, in prayer and asking for help. I was talking to God, asking Jesus to take the burden off of my shoulders. I’m talking about grief.

Losing someone can be a very traumatic and heartbreaking experience that can cripple your spirit. Coming from a gal who lost her husband as a newly wed when I was only 25 years old, I thought my world was over and that I could never love again. Boy, was I wrong, and God was faithful.

If you’re going through a hard loss right now, please know that a light will start to pop through the sky again, that you will laugh again with true reason and you will be able to dance too, knowing that life is safe, kept and never abandoned because of faith.

And if you know someone going through a hard time, just be with them, be a shoulder, a comfort. Sometimes saying less is more. And just being there, patient and with open arms is more than enough.

Ways To Care For Someone Who Is Grieving

Don’t make them feel guilty or bring up past problems, conflicts, family dynamics or the what if’s, it’s most likely that your loved one is feeling immense grief, don’t make it worse and say things that may potentially hurt them or trigger emotions.

Offer to help

Encourage your friend to open up to you, you can try to push a little at first if they’re not responding but try one time to see, they may need the extra kick. Most people grieving don’t want to be a burden to others who are not going through the same experience, so its ok to try a little harder to make them open up

Give them a break, time and silence after a while. Your loved one is going through a hard time, and don’t think they will be the same as they were before, for a bit of time. This is not the time to become selfish, rather understanding

Express your concern and feelings as well. Even though you may hear your loved one grieving about different things in conversation, don’t be afraid to share how you are feeling as well, this is a big help with not feeling alone.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. ~ Psalm 147:

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