Bereavement

A Heart for Others

There is much hardship in the world. That certain “been through it” look can be detected in the eyes of pain ravaged people everywhere. It is captured in Photo Journalist’s depictions of starving children with their bloated bellies, or in the aftermath of national disasters and catastrophes, with people tearfully sifting through the rubble of destroyed homes. Lobbies of emergency...

All I Ask

by Christopher Lowery Just to catch your light, My savior that is all I ask, Just to hear Your words, That is all I ask. So many times I have fallen short, Yet to you I turn again, Just to hear your voice That is all I ask. I wait till that sweet day, My savior will answer me, His...

5 Coping Skills to Help Grievers Get Through Holidays and Special Occasions

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for those of us coping with loss. Find five skills the author used to cope when her son was diagnosed with a chronic illness. The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for those of us coping with loss. In this article, I share five skills that helped me cope when my son was...

The Culture of Grief Avoidance

Grief Avoidance: What do you think about when you hear the word grief? Maybe sadness, or loss or death. Maybe you think of particular times in your life when you experienced those things. Then again, maybe you don’t think much about it at all. I’ve seen lots of folks who have only the vaguest conception of grief and they would...

Victim of Grief

Victim of Grief : “But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalms 10:14 NIV As a victim of grief we must commit ourselves to God. As a victim of grief we must commit ourselves to God. A victim...

Child Loss: Never Really Mine

  He was never really mine, this child whose birth angels foretold. Though I cradled him in my womb for many months, labored, gritted, bore down until he was expelled, this child, my achievement, was someone else’s from the start. There was never a burden so wonderful as the weight of him in my arms. The heaviness of that little...

The Loss of a Child: A Picture of the Heart

Love filled my heart as I watched my husband holding our newborn son in his arms. Love filled my heart as I watched my husband holding our newborn son in his arms. He gazed at his tiny form with a warm expression of tenderness. As we shared that love, an image was etched on my mind that would become a...

Children and Grief: What They Know, How They Feel, How to Help.

Early intervention during times of loss and grief helps keep children psychologically healthy and prevents the development of later emotional problems.  Understanding the stages of grief can help caregivers provide quality care to children. Caregivers never want young children to have to learn about death. They want to protect children from pain and loss. But, child care professionals cannot shelter...