To Grieve With Hope - Message Notes
1 Thessalonians 4:13: "Grieve not as those who have no hope."
Society's approach to Grief Management:
Bury your feelings
Replace your loss
Give it time, because time heals
Live with regret
Wall up and never love or trust again
The Faith approach to Grief Management:
Feel your feelings
Don't just replace the loss, review the loss
Grieve in community
What to say and do for those grieving:
Acknowledge the loss
Give the mourner permission to grieve and express emotion
Free the grief-stricken person to talk about their loss
Offer practical forms of help-- meals, child care, transportation, etc.
Follow up at least monthly for the first year
What NOT to say and do while others are grieving:
Don't make careless statements like "It was God's will"
Don't attempt to answer the "why" questions
Don't discourage the expression of emotion
Don't be alarmed by off-the-wall comments or behaviors
The Holy Spirit will heal you.
Romans 12:18: "As far as it depends upon you, be at peace with all."
We can begin again
Put Christ at the Center