Grief Is Real!

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3

The sudden loss of a young husband/father and a wife of sixty-two years have been devastating for several families I know. These friends and co-workers lost precious family members and, as a result, are experiencing deep, heartbreaking grief. They have good and bad days, but some days are still too much to bear. The long and cherished earthly relationships abruptly ended and left a huge void.

Grieving is real, necessary and an important process we all will go through at various stages in life. We can grieve for many reasons: the loss of a loved one, the loss of employment or perhaps a loving relationship that ended. Perhaps you are in a period of grieving or, you have a co-worker who is experiencing deep sorrow at this time. The question becomes, is it okay to grieve and how do we grieve appropriately? First, recognize that grief is a God-given emotion that He will use to bring healing into our lives. Grieving allows us to release the emotional pressure of our sorrow. We can become stronger in our sadness by acknowledging our loss and expressing it appropriately to others, even through tears. Being strong does not mean masking our grief or putting on a “pretend to be strong” front. There were occasions in scripture when Jesus wept (John 11) and felt deep sorrow as we often do. He understands our sorrow and He is always present with us. He won’t necessarily remove our heartache but He promises to walk with us through it. We can be strong in Christ because He has overcome all things that cause us sorrow. What’s more, the Bible promises that one day He will wipe every tear from our eyes. And there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever. Revelation 21:4.

Your workplace challenge is to understand that expressing grief is helpful and liberating. If you are grieving, acknowledge it and release it appropriately by finding a dear friend or family member and share your sorrow with them. If you know someone experiencing grief, be that compassionate and caring friend. Help them by being a sounding board, conduit of release or a shoulder to cry on. Make today count to the glory of God.