Before I was even born, my dad lost his 17-year old son to heart disease. Less than three years later, he lost my mother in a tragic car accident, when I was only a few months old. As you can imagine, the grief cut deep and its after-effects left for years of poor decision-making and looking for answers in all the wrong places. Now, into my adult years, I have wondered many times how my dad’s life would have been different had he had a good Christian mentor to pour into him during that time of grieving.
Few will escape life without our fair share of personal grief. Grief is a funny thing. It sneaks up on you, sometimes even years later, as you learn to cope with the new “normal” of loss. The way we are handled by friends and family during the weeks, months, and even years after a loss is critical to our healing and sometimes, even how we view our Heavenly Father. If you have a friend or family member who is currently grieving, there are five things that can hurt a grieving friend:
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