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How to Deal with Grief and Loss?

Grief is natural. It’s as human as the tears that accompany it. Through his Word, God helps us understand where sorrow came from, he comforts us and gives us the gift of his presence, and offers us hope, promising a day when tears will be no more for everyone who finds their hope in him. He is near to those with tear-stained faces and heavy hearts (Psalm 34:18).

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Grief: How Does the Bible Speak to Our Sorrow?

Grief is the natural human emotion to losing something we loved, whether that something was a someone, an experience, or an expectation. It’s always accompanied by tears, and leaves your heart feeling hot and swollen, then cold and numb.

Feelings aside, grief raises one question—a question that seems to taunt us in the midst of our tears. That question is “Why?” Why did this happen? Why me? Why did it have to go this way? “Why…”

Does the Bible give us an answer? Yes, it does. I discovered the wonder of the Bible through the wisdom of its answer. It doesn’t spit out a one-and-done response. The answer is dynamic, real, and personal, spoken by Someone who knows me, and who knows you.



Theme Verse

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

Psalm 119:28 NIV

How to Grieve?
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 ESV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance


Blessed are
those who mourn,
for they
will be

Matthew 5:4 NIV

The Gift of Tears

Crying is the language of pain; pain cannot cumber itself with letters and syllables and words, and so it takes its own way, and adopts a piercing mode of utterance, very telling and expressive.

Crying yields great relief to suffering. Everyone knows the benefit of having a hearty good cry: you cannot help calling it ‘a good cry.’

For, though one would think crying could never be especially good, yet it affords a desirable relief. Red eyes often relieve breaking hearts.  

by Charles Spurgeon

[There are]
two kinds of losses:
Those who had
something precious
and lost it.
Those who hoped for
something precious
and never had it.

Article: 10 Min

Why Grief Is Evidence for God

by Sharon Dirckx at The Gospel Coalition


No one ever
told me that grief
felt so like fear.

Messages: 54 Min

a Loss

by Nancy Guthrie

2 Corinthians 1:3-11 ESV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.


Our hearts ache,
but we always
have joy.

2 Corinthians 6:10 NLT
Lamentations 3:31-33 ESV

For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

Messages: 54 Min

When Sparrows Fall

by Britt Merrick

Job 2:10 CSB

“Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?”

Job 1:21 ESV

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Article: 4 Min

When God Took Away: His Goodness in My Grief

Tim Challies shares with us a quote from the preacher J.R. Miller that God used to comfort him in his darkest hours, along with a few other exhortations from old friends.

by Tim Challies at his blog

How to Have Hope in Grief?
1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

Messages: 37 Min


Ordinary People Extraordinary God

by Colin Smith

Article: 4 Min

Grief and the Christian

by Elizabeth Groves at Ligonier

Article: 15 Min

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief

by Paul David Tripp at Family Life

Psalm 27:13-14 ESV

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

I Still Believe
by Lionsgate | 1 Hour 55 Minutes | PG
“I Still Believe” tells Christian music star Jeremy Camp’s story of wading through love, cancer, and long nights in hospital rooms. This movie beautifully portrays a biblical outlook on healing. We pray with faith for God to heal. And we receive with faith whatever answer he gives, because we love and trust him. Discover the real-life journey behind Jeremy’s hit song, “I Still Believe.”