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Grief, as a feeling or emotion, can take many forms. Most involve loss of one kind or another on a personal level such as losing a close relation or friend thru death or emotional breakup. A person also experiences grief when they lose other things that are close to them, such as when they quit smoking (they grieve the loss of cigarettes) or even after a car accident (they grieve the loss of a favored car). Grief comes into our lives in many ways and learning to recognize and appropriately deal with it allow us to become a more serene, satisfied child of God. (See: Isaiah 53:4)
In this group, we will work on learning how to recognize and deal with our own grief in different areas of life, and also learn to recognize grief in others and learn how to help them. Members input here in the group is very much welcome and the only requirement for membership is that you have a desire to learn to recognize, cope, and work thru grief that you may have or help others to do so.

 

GROUP LEADER The Group leader for this group is Annette McEndarfer.

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  • What are some scriptures that have brought comfort to you?
    • PSALM 77
      Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God’s Mighty Deeds.
      For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
      1My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud;
      My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.
      2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
      In the night my hand was stretched out Lit and did not grow numbwithout weariness;
      My soul refused to be comforted.
      3 When I remember God, then I am disturbed;
      When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. Selah.
      4You have held my eyelids open;
      I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
      5I have considered the days of old,
      The years of long ago.
      6I will remember my song in the night;
      I will meditate with my heart,
      And my spirit ponders:
      7Will the Lord reject forever?
      And will He never be favorable again?
      8Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
      Has His promise come to an end forever?
      9Has God forgotten to be gracious,
      Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah.
      10Then I said, “It is my grief,
      That the right hand of the Most High has changed.”
      11I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
      Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
      12I will meditate on all Your work
      And muse on Your deeds.
      13Your way, O God, is holy;
      What god is great like our God?
      14You are the God who works wonders;
      You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
      15You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
      The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
      16The waters saw You, O God;
      The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
      The deeps also trembled.
      17The clouds poured out water;
      The skies gave forth a sound;
      Your arrows flashed here and there.
      18The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
      The lightnings lit up the world;
      The earth trembled and shook.
      19Your way was in the sea
      And Your paths in the mighty waters,
      And Your footprints may not be known.
      20You led Your people like a flock
      By the hand of Moses and Aaron.
    • Isaiah 53 ... Jesus is so familiar with grief and even still gave.... everything
  • P pray today that all is well with everyone regardless of whether the sun is shining or not. Put a smile on your beautiful faces (they are especially beautiful when there is a smile there) because the LORD gave us this day to do great and wonderful things in it even if all it is is to stand upright for a couple of minutes. Think of those who cannot even do that. GOD Bless
  • Praying that those of you walking through grief are knowing Peace today. It's an incredible gift.
  • I found some papers that I had copied off of facebook a year after my mom passed and this one I particularly wanted to share. It is from a man named Tom Zuba, grief guide, author and speaker. He says, "There are no quick fixes to grief, No easy answers. Every expression of grief that wants to be felt and honored and given its space, must be allowed...in order to heal."
  • Today in the grief support group I've been going to the discussion was about memorializing. We talked about ways that has happened throughout history. Many examples in scripture. We then got to talking about how we memorialize our loved one. Do you have some ways that you do?
  • AVOID ISOLATION!!!! One thing I've noticed amongst those grieving is that there is a huge temptation to isolate oneself. While time alone can be a very healing thing it can also be where one keeps themselves and that's not a good thing. I believe the Lord created us for the longing to be part of community... not just for our own good but for the good of others. We need others in our lives. To help us grow, to heal, to believe, to serve, etc. If you are tempted to isolate yourself may I encourage you to look to become part of community. As believers, brothers and sisters in Christ would be a great start.
    • Annette, isolation is one thing, believe it or not, I do have a problem with. I get so bad with it I even isolate from my husband or anyone else who happens to be around. But, I don't think it is totally due to my grief because I have been this way since I was in my teens. I'm just more often than not more comfortable on my own. My middle name must surely be "Alone". LOL My attempt a humor there sorry. My isolationist feelings though come a lot from a deep set feeling of inferiority, not grief. Or so I believe at this time in my life.
    • Terry, I enjoy my own company and sure understand being comfortable on your own but consider what you said at the end.... deep set feeling of inferiority, that is NOT from the Lord and one of the benefits of avoiding isolation is the encouragement in truth that you could receive.
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