Family and friends can be very insensitive to a grieving heart, especially if they do not understand the grieving process. The loss of a child is so deep that words cannot even be found to express how it feels. Grief is a process, not an event and it takes as long as you need to Continue Reading >>
Monthly Archives: April 2016
How do I help my friend who is grieving?
Helping begins with being a good listener. Your friend will need to mourn, and that means you may hear the same story over and over. Your friend does not want you to “fix” him or her but to just listen and show your concern. Allow your friend to express their feelings without you being critical Continue Reading >>
A “silent retreat” with my Creator
It has almost been a week since I intentionally pulled away from my schedule at home as well as with the responsibilities at the Spiritual Care Support Center. I turned off the voices that I have learned to love and care about. It was time for me to find my sacred chair in my sacred Continue Reading >>
Another Week to Trust God
On Sundays, I try to prepare for the week ahead. I present my schedule to God. I ask for the Holy Spirit to guide my actions which include my attitude, my frustrations, my responsibilities, my family and my ministry time. I believe that even our “play time” is important to Him so I present that Continue Reading >>
I am trying to understand grief and the reactions people have when they grieve so that I can better understand how to support them. What are some common reactions?
Grief is complicated, and there are many variables to the grieving process which include the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological. As I have sat and listened to many people in our support groups, they often share that they feel like they are going “crazy.” This is very real. They may be experiencing some very common Continue Reading >>