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If you are facing a loss or going through a time of grief, you know the very real anguish of a broken heart or a crushed spirit. There are times in life when we experience grief because of a tragic event or situation, such as a divorce. These can be as gut-wrenching as the death of a loved one.  What qualifies as a significant personal loss can vary from person to person and can be different at different stages in our lives. We are all unique and we handle grief differently. What one individual handles with ease may cause another person to experience great stress and sleepless nights.

Grief involves deep sadness, emotional suffering and sometimes an anguish that reaches deep into the heart and soul of a person. This year we had a number of employees who had remarkable courage in the grief of their loved one’s death. Most events that occur in our lives are unexpected and unpredictable. However, as humans we must be careful not to allow unfortunate events to lead to depression or thoughts of suicide. Make no mistake about it, grief is an intense emotional pain that often comes in waves of sorrow that recede only as the cycles of healing occur.

People are exposed to different kinds of life-changing circumstances and during these times our extraordinary needs requires extraordinary assistance–help that is not of our own personal strength and beliefs but rather help that has the strength and the stability to assist us to withstand the occurrence of horrific and tragic events that occurs in our lives. There is an inspirational message that reads, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.” Allow me to encourage you to place your trust for healing and your every need in God who is able to give you divine direction.

It is difficult to cope with grief when you don’t have someone to talk to.  First of all, you should always be very careful who you entrust with your troubles for fear that others might misinterpret you. Remember that extraordinary needs require extraordinary help. So, who or what are you relying on to get you through your extraordinary times? Is it a friend that is going through something similar or are you trolling the internet in search of a solution? Or, are you just doing nothing because nothing has worked for you in the past? Let me encourage you to put your trust in God who can be your extraordinary helper. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net