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

It’s difficult enough when we lose a loved one -but with the current restrictions, we can’t gather together to celebrate their lives;that adds another layer of trauma to an already painful time.  It’s our hope that the resources found on this page will help you as you make this journey.

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.


Psalm 23

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

 

God Gave Us Heaven by Lisa T. Granger and Laura J. Bryant

The Invisible String by by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Helpful Website

Coping With Loss

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.

 

 

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