The journey called grief is not one we would choose, nor is it one we can skip. The journey of grief never ends. It is not something we “get over.” Learning about grief is key in finding ways to cope and live with it.
Grief can separate us from reality, from society, and from life as we once knew it. Grief becomes a deep, foreboding presence of darkness, pain, and loneliness. The Book of Proverbs states: “Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief.” (Proverbs 14:13) God’s love helps God’s people as they face their grief – when people are willing to receive it.
When someone who has experienced a significant loss gathers with others who are grieving, God’s presence reassures and the words of Jesus are a reminder of what is to come. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) God’s love is realized in the Incarnate Christ. It is love, God’s love and the love of others, that soothes the pain of grief and helps begin the journey of restoration.