How to Deal with the Pain of Losing a Loved One

There is nothing more painful than the death of a loved one.

When someone dies, it can feel as if our very souls are ripped out in agony, particularly if the death is sudden and unexpected.  It may take years for us to regain some semblance of normalcy after losing a loved one to an unexpected tragedy.  While we do not have the answers we seek as to why something like this must happen, we can rejoice in the knowledge that, even in the pain, our God surrounds us with His comfort through the Holy Spirit.  The only thing to do when faced with tragedy is to give it to God, trust in Him and let those around you comfort and lift you up and support you with their love.  Remember that God has promised that we will see our loved ones again one day.

Death is a painful separation for loved ones.  Even if a death is expected, it is difficult to accept.  When a sudden tragic accident takes a loved one, however, the shock can feel as if it is too much to bear.  The only thing we can rely on in these times is God’s word.  In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, we read, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  We understand from God’s word that this world is only temporary.  As much as we may love and miss the one who is gone, we have the hope and confidence that we will see that person again one day.

In the face of an unexpected tragedy and losing a loved one, it is easy to lose hope.  As the girls in the Parker Sisters series found when their parents were tragically taken in an airplane accident, the pain can seem to be too much to bear.  However, hope will always find a way into our hearts; the hope of one day being reunited with the ones who have gone before us and are, even now, looking on our Savior’s face.

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