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

Moving On: How to Properly Grieve and Heal After a Breakup

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The end of a relationship can feel devastating. It can be hard to sleep, eat, or concentrate. The things you once thought were fun don’t appeal anymore. Depending on how long you were together, or how intense the emotional attachment was, it may even feel like you don’t know what..Read more

Mental Health: How to Cope After Losing a Job

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It’s never easy to cope with job loss – and it’s even harder if you’ve been fired or laid off unexpectedly. Most people experience grief after losing a job, just as they would after any other significant loss. It can be jarring to feel the intense, negative emotions that come..Read more

‘Out of the Dark’: Mandisa chats with TheHopeLine!

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Deep depression, loss of her best friend, questioning God, turning to food for comfort, being super single…all things Mandisa opened up about in her chat with TheHopeLine! Mandisa was so sweet when she spoke to us and the really cool thing is…she is not ashamed to talk about her struggles.  She..Read more

The End of My Grieving Process

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Have you lost someone you love?  Does your heart ache with grief? Jordan Zehr, blog writer for HeartSupport gives us his perspective on the grieving process. No matter what, in life three things are certain: we will be born, we will live life, and then we will die. Unfortunately, sometimes..Read more

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My Adoption Plan

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An Adoption Plan Hi, I’m Melanie. I had a surprise baby two months ago. He was not planned, and the day I had him I made the decision to put him up for adoption. It is a very open adoption so I am still able to be a part of..Read more

Fragel’s Story: My Dad was Killed in a Home Invasion

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This is a story about my dead dad as a poem that he wrote me one night.  I was really down one night and missed him a lot. The time we spent together was short, see…when I was only 12 years old, an evil person took my dad away from..Read more

Death in the Family

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We had a death in the family…my little sister Bailey passed away recently. Can you relate to Katy’s story about a death in the family? She was everything to me, we would play together and do whatever we could think of. When Bailey started complaining her stomach hurt, my mom..Read more

On the Verge of Giving Up

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I always used to listen to Dawson McAllister on the radio…. never thought I would be one to contact them for help… thank you TheHopeLine. I was on the verge of giving up…I talked to a girl last night for about 2 hours. I came to you guys with my..Read more

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Free eBook: Understanding a Relationship with God

A guide to understanding the basics of Christianity and a meaningful relationship with God.  Do You Feel Like Life is Meaningless? Are you wondering what your purpose is? Do you have questions about what Christians believe or what it means to be a Christian? At TheHopeLine we believe real and lasting HOPE can only come […]

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