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Tag Archive for ‘grief’


Some Common-Sense Answers After her spouse died, a woman wrote in her journal: “I feel like I’m a hampster on a wheel going round and round but going nowhere. Even though Steve died ten months ago, I still feel like it happened only yesterday. I just can’t stop thinking about him. What is this strange […]

Broken Relationships –
What Do You Say?

A good friend recently lost her adult son very suddenly. Even though he had been ill and was receiving treatment, the illness was not terminal. He was not expected to die, so his death was a total shock to the family. I tried calling my friend to offer sympathy and to ask about funeral services. […]

Suicide – Seven Ways to Help Grievers

When Kristen Clifford’s husband – Steven Clifford, a police officer – wasn’t responding to her text messages, she became alarmed and drove home, where she found notes, his police identification, his driver’s licence. “Everything laid out very neatly, methodically”, she recalled. Frightened, she rushed down the hallway to their bedroom, discovering the door closed and […]

When a Friend Grieves

Seven Ways to Help I was heartbroken. I was beyond devastation. I wanted to die, pack it in, call it a day, call it quits, stop in my tracks. My son, Clark, was the light of my life, the bright, beautiful, creative boy who had survived so much, and been such a solace and beauty. […]

Monday 8 July

Genesis 28:10-22; Psalm 91; Matthew 9:18-26 Grief How often it seems that our grief leads us to Jesus. How often does our grief, or our need for healing, become the prelude to richer faith? The Jewish president of the local synagogue is heartbroken at the death of his daughter. Immediately Jesus sets out to answer […]

Wednesday 30 August

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:27-32 Whitewashed tombs Jesus has no time at all for hypocrisy. We put so much effort into keeping up appearances. No one wants to look bad in the eyes of others. Putting on ‘a brave face’ might be a way of coping with grief, but it might also be […]

Monday 12 June

Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Psalm 34; Matthew 5:1-12 Signs and promises of the kingdom We can often strengthen others around us because we ourselves have been strengthened. Often when we leave our lives open to God, our weaknesses become our strengths. Those things perceived to be weak — poverty of spirit, […]

Saturday 23 January

2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 17, 19, 23-27; Ps 80; Mark 3:20-21 Come to our help David was devastated by the deaths of his friend Jonathan, and of King Saul, ‘loved and lovely’ as they were to him. When we are in an agony of grief at the deaths of those who are loved and lovely […]

Tuesday 12 January

1 Samuel 1:9-20; 1 Sam ; Mark 1:21-28 Dejected no longer Hannah’s grief and sorrow is echoed in the lives of many people. There is so much sorrow in the world. Hannah’s plea to God from her broken heart bore fruit; perhaps sometimes our prayers lack power because we have little confidence that they will […]


“It has been said that ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.” Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890-1995. Political wife, mother of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and eight other children. Recent surveys […]