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?”.

If we believe in God, He seems distant. At times the pain may come so fast and so strong that we no longer believe at all.

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 becomes unhealthy and all-consuming. It saps all of 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.

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).

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.

Find answers to your questions about grief by searching our library of resources, podcasts, ebooks and more:

  • How long does it take to grieve?
  • How will my grief change over time?
  • Are there other life events besides death that cause grief?
  • What do I do if my grief feels overwhelming?

Most Recent Blogs on Grief

Grief and Loss: Does Grieving Ever Go Away?

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  I know the pain of losing a loved one or going through a traumatic, sudden loss like being fired or ending a relationship. All these things lead to grief. And grief gets so intense sometimes, we just want it to stop. We start to wonder when and if grief..Read more

Healthy Grieving: How Long Does it Take Your Heart to Heal from Grief?

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When you’ve lost a loved one, it can feel like you’re being hit by wave after wave of grief. Everything seems to remind you of them, and your emotions seem stronger and more painful than they’ve ever been. In those times, I know what it feels like to just want..Read more

Grieving After Loss: Is Grieving Ever Wrong or Unhealthy?

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Grieving after loss can be so difficult and painful, especially after the death of someone we care about. I’m sorry you’re going through a season of grief. I know that you’re feeling some strong emotions, and that many of them seem negative (sorrow, sadness, loneliness, fear, anger, etc.). But grieving..Read more

Grief Support: What to do When Grief Comes Out of Nowhere

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One of the truest things I’ve learned about grief is this: it never fully goes away. Because grieving is so difficult, it may be hard to accept this at first. But think of it this way: you’re grieving the loss of someone you care about. You will always love them..Read more

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Grief: I Lost My Little Brother to Cancer

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I Lost My Little Brother Two years ago my brother, Kevin, died. He died from a brain tumor called a Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). My brother meant the world to me. He was younger than me and we loved to do everything together. He loved superheroes…Ironman and Batman were his..Read more

Bad Breakup and Unhealthy Relationships

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Crushed by a Breakup Text My boyfriend of 5 years broke up with me and told me he had a date with some someone via text message. My son who loves him was as crushed as I was, as he felt as if he had lost a father. Through talking..Read more

Had It with My Parent’s Divorce and Googled for Help

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My name is Sam and I was going through the typical divorce of parents… and yes it is common and normal but what is not normal is the pain and hurt you go through. No one prepares you for the pain you’re gonna go through in life until it actually..Read more

Dealing with Depression: TheHopeLine Saved My Life

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My Life Was Hard Dealing with Depression I have been dealing with depression for eleven years. My sister passed away and my life changed completely. Then my Aunt passed away from suicide. Then on my Aunt’s birthday, my grandmother died, of old age. I was abused by my father. My..Read more

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