A PLACE TO GRIEVE
"Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve." -Earl Grollman
While the pandemic restrictions have eased and we are able to meet to celebrate the lives of our loved ones,
some are still uncomfortable getting out in large crowds. It is our hope that the resources below
may help as you grapple with the pain of loss. May God be with you and bring His comfort in this time of need.
A Service of Remembrance
Scriptures About Death and Hope
You will find that some of these are more appropriate than others for your specific situation. You may want to read one or two and consider how they relate to your loss.
John 14: 1-3, 27
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14: 27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Romans 8: 38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Helpful Books For Adults
Good Grief: A Companion For Every Loss by Granger E. Westberg
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Experiencing Grief by H. Norman Wright
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sitser
Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy – a devotional with contributions from Kay Arthur, Elisabeth Elliot, Louis Palau, Joni Eareckson Tada, et. al.
Holding onto Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie
Journeying Through Grief by Kenneth Haugk
Helpful Books For Children
Coronavirus Specific Websites
Songs of Hope
I Can Only Imagine – Mercy Me
When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
With Hope – Steven Curtis Chapman
Dancing with the Angels – Monk & Neagle
I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
Homesick – Mercy Me
Save a Place for Me – Matthew West
Heaven Song – Phil Wickham
It Is Well With My Soul – Gaither Vocal Band
Need To Talk It Out?
As helpful as resources can be, there is no substitute for friends and a listening ear. If you would like to speak to someone, please call Pastor Deborah at (757) 851-3367.