Grief

How To Understand & Overcome Grief and Loss

Grief is often overwhelming. It’s a complex combination of physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms that result from a significant or traumatic loss in our lives:

• After the death of a friend, parent, spouse, or loved one
• Before the loss of a loved one suffering from a long-term or chronic illness
• After a sudden loss of employment
• At the end of a close friendship or romantic relationship

When we are grieving after a loss or trauma, we rarely feel ready to face it or equipped to handle it. We often wonder “Why now?” and “Why me?”.
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The Truth About Grief

Grief has no time limit. It can hit us weeks, months, or years later, seemingly out of nowhere, and leave us feeling like we’re starting all over.

Without the right support, grief can become unhealthy and all-consuming. It saps our joy, affects our performance at school or work, and harms the good, loving relationships that remain in our lives. Sometimes it can even tempt us toward destructive and addictive behaviors, self-harm, or suicide. This does not have to happen with your grief.

Physical

Grief can be felt all throughout your body. It is very common to experience these physical symptoms: headaches, digestive issues, chest pain, fatigue, body aches and some level of insomnia. You can also have a weakened immune system during your time of grief so it's important to take all your necessary vitamins and of course see your Dr. if any of these symptoms interfere with your daily function.

Emotional

Grief is defined as - a time of sorrow. You may find that your emotions are shifting in all different directions throughout the day and night. You may feel anger in one moment and overwhelming sadness the next. As you work through the grieving process, you may be confused about how you really feel. Or your emotions may go into protective mode and simply shut down to make you feel numb.

Spiritual

You may be looking for a way to connect with yourself in a more spiritual sense during your time of grief. If your grief is due to the loss of a loved one, you may question things about the afterlife and desire peace about where your loved one has gone to be. It's ok to want to talk through these things and seek answers from a minister or spiritual advisor about things you are unsure of.

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There is Good News

Grief can be so intense that it leaves you feeling like no one has ever hurt as deeply as you’re hurting. You may even feel guilty for how troubled and upset you are. But grieving is normal. If we love someone, it is good and natural for us to mourn their absence.

Healthy grieving allows us to understand the roots and sources of our pain. It moves us toward healing.

You can better understand your grief. You don’t have to be immobilized by pain.

Your feelings are painful and powerful, but you are stronger than your feelings – and God is stronger and greater than all your pain and sorrow.

You are not alone in your grief. Everyone experiences agonizing loss. Connecting with others who have survived a time of darkness is one of the best ways to get to the other side of grief.

God is faithful. There are no easy answers – and sometimes no answers at all – to the difficult questions we have when we grieve. But we do know that our faith will comfort us and that God is close to us when we are grieving. The psalmist tells us that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18). And Jesus reminds us again in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4).
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We Are Here to Help

TheHopeLine has a team of expert mentors, and a growing library of blogs, podcasts, and eBooks to help you navigate, communicate, and cope with your grief. We offer resources, one-on-one support, and prayer in the immediate aftermath of a loss, or anytime your grief seems to control you. We are here: all you have to do is reach out.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

While grief is certainly something you experience after the death of a loved one, it can also be felt after the loss of a job, a relationship or anytime you lose something you once had. Facing the painful truth that you must now adjust to a new reality, may feel like more than you can handle. You may feel you are too weak to survive this change. But God is here for you. God says in the Bible that He wants to trade our weakness for His power and His strength. Let this Bible verse give you encouragement. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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