When you lose someone, you feel as if your world has been turned upside down. You feel as if a part of you is missing and you are unsure of how you will continue with your daily routine. You begin to find a new normal, and the uncertainty that a new normal will emerge seems impossible.

Grief is a very real, human response to loss. Many feel that grieving shows weakness or is abnormal; some may even feel grieving is optional. However, grief is our very normal, natural, and necessary response to loss.

The holidays are exceptionally hard for those who have lost loved ones. It’s the seats that are missing from the table. It’s the empty chair no one speaks of, or the laughter and stories that prompt a silent heartbreak. All the while, you keep silent of the grief which exists inside.

You may feel like this Psalmist when he writes, “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” (Psalms 6:6 ESV). It is OK to experience grief, and allowing yourself to feel is one of the healthiest things for you and your family. However, just to experience it without walking through it can keep you in a place of grief.

The Hope Center for Biblical Counseling would like to help you take the next step in your grieving process. In January, we will be offering Greif Share from 5:30-7p in the Hope Center for Biblical Counseling. If you’d like to be part of this community, please RSVP to thehopecenter@lhbg.org or call (270) 282-2808 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.