Difficulty and loss can bring great grief into the life of a family. But there are ways to deal with loss.
There is no escape from loss in this life. All people of all cultures will experience the loss of something or someone they value. The emotional response to loss is grief. Grief affects every part of who we are; body, mind, soul, and spirit. It can cause the body and mind to slow down. Likewise, grief can cause the soul and spirit to become as dry as a desert. Grief is a strong emotion that often causes people to doubt self, others, and even God.
We often express grief through tears, restlessness (poor sleep), and depression. But grief is personal and people grieve in different ways. Some grieve deeper and longer than others. Although we vary in the way we express grief, healthy grief has four parts:
There are many kinds of loss: barrenness, death, divorce, health, freedom, security, money, or position. Believers can face any kind of loss with hope. In this life, we will face tribulation and grief but our faith in God brings hope. When Paul spoke about death, he said, "Brothers, we do not want you to… grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope" (1 Thess. 4:13). With God, we have hope in this life and beyond the grave. There is no hardship can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:28-39).