"The longest life is short . . . and the shortest life is miraculous."
The journey of grief can be long, challenging and difficult.
The following is some helpful information that I would like to pass on to you today and that you, in turn, may want to pass on to others who are experiencing and handling the heartbreak of a child's death.
*Find Help and Support: No body can quite understand or relate to your grief in the same way as somebody who's been through what you're going through.
*Wait for healing: Be patient with yourself and others, restoration and healing is promised (Isaiah 61:3), but it takes time and attention to your grief. Time+Comfort+Hope+Love = Healing
*Don't forget about your other children: Grieving children are unfortunately often misunderstood and ignored in the aftermath of death. They need answers, but sometimes they don't know how to ask the questions. Tell them the truth, explain your sorrow and sadness in an age-appropriate way. Children's minds protect them from what is too powerful for them to handle. Help your children work through their grief in healthy ways.
*Let Relatives and Friends Help: Death is a far-reaching tragedy that impacts the periphery of the family. Relatives and friends stand by on the sidelines feeling helpless, fearing that their presence may be an intrusion . . . invite and welcome them into your journe of grief, they can offer their deep concern and love.
*Draw close to God:
-Picture God on your side
-Trust in Gods nearness and goodness
-Talk to God about your pain - ask Him for answers to your questions
-Look for God in unexpected places
-Make time for solitude and listen for God speaking to you "God whispers and the world is loud."
Recommended Resources that you can order for yourself or another who is grieving the loss of a child:
1) A variety of "Care Notes" by Abbey Press at www.carenotes.com
2) A pamphlet "Turning to God to Get Through Grief" by Linus Mundy by Abbey Press at www.onecaringplace.com
3) A book of "Prayers for the Broken-Hearted" by Debbie Kay available at www.amazon.com
Blessings and Hugs to you today!
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"