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    Grief and Loss

    Grief can originate from any significant loss in your life. Losing someone you love, or a member of your family can be truly devastating. You might experience a feeling of loss after moving away from home, graduating from college, changing jobs, selling your family home, or retiring from a career you loved.

    The Stages of Grief that typically occur are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression. Acceptance. These stages of grief vary in both intensity and time, and are often experienced in different order. In other words, there is no exact timetable or specific way that grief should occur. 

    The most important factor in healing is support (specifically with grieving). This includes support from your relationship with God in grieving, and support from your relationship with others. God promises to be there for us, and comfort us,  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2Corinthians 1:3-4).

    Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you're experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. While considering there is no right or wrong way to grieve, be encouraged that there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you to help you move to a new normal in your life. 

    We do not want you to go through this on your own. Please reach out to us, and others around you for support. Remember that God will not leave you, and promises to be with you in your heartache. 

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

    NEXT STEPS:
    If you are grieving, we would love to come alongside you and support you. There are many resources available to support you through grief. We encourage you to take the next step with one or more of the following resources:

    Grief Support Group 
    Lay Counseling 
    Professional Counseling 
    Hope Family Ministry

    RELATED RESOURCES:
    A Grief Observed by CS Lewis
    Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper

    If you would like to talk with someone further we would love to help.  Please contact