Greetings everyone! I had been reading a book called Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief With Hope And Promise by Larry Barber. The book is copyrighted by Larry in 2011 and is published by Xulon Press Publishing (www.xulonpress.com). Larry is a grief counselor for a Christian ministry called Christian Works. The ministry helps children who have lost a family member. They also help couples who want to adopt a child as well.
In this book, the author tells his own (and his family’s) personal experiences in loss and grief, how they made it through it, how others are making it, and how others can too. The author tells how he is helping other people who have experienced loss and grief in their own lives. He is a liscened professional counselor and certified in counseling those who are in similar circumstances as he was.
He tells of ways those in mourning can express their grief in healthy ways. Later he tells how comforters can best help those who are experiencing grief. No one can or should go through grief alone.
He also tells of those who mean well, but aren’t as comforting as they might think they are. Even with that, God alone gives the grace and comfort mourners need.
Eventually everyone is going to experience loss and grief. And as those who experience it, I hope they will have comforters in their lives.
Loss and grief are awful things to happen, but it is no reflection on you nor on the person who is no longer with you. The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonian brethren not to grieve as those who don’t have any hope. Notice he didn’t say not to grieve. He just meant they (and all who will grieve) can and should grieve knowing we will see our loved ones again in heaven.
No matter what, you will miss your loved ones. You’ll be sad. You’ll have thoughts and questions run through your mind at times. Hopefully there will come a time when you think of your loved one and you won’t be sad, but happy your loved one was on your life, and hope to meet him or her again.
In John’s Gospel Jesus learns one of his dear friends is sick. A few days later, He and His disciples go to see him and comfort his sisters. When they get there, the sisters tell Jesus that if He had been there, their brother wouldn’t have died. But Jesus knew what He was about to do.
When the family and friends took Jesus and His disciples to the grave side, they saw a lot of mourning and grieving. It greatly moved Jesus that He cried along with them. Then He brought His dead friend back to live.
Yes, it’s perfectly OK to grieve. I hope and pray all who mourn will look to the God of all peace and comfort to grant them peace and comfort when they miss there deceased loved ones.
This is a fantastic book. I highly recommend it to any ministers or church leaders who care for the grieving, and to the grieving themselves also.
God bless you all. Grace and Peace.
Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief With Hope And Promise was written by Larry Barber. Copyright date is 2011 and published by Xulon Press Publishing (www.xulonpress.com).
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