Gospel Gazette Online
Volume 17 Number 9 September 2015
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Priscilla's Page Editor's Note

God’s Way for Us to Cope
with Loss, Sorrow and Grief, #2

Marilyn LaStrape

What to Say to a Grieving Person

“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in its time, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23).
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).



From the American Cancer Society

What to say to someone who has lost a loved one:

What to Do for a Grieving Person

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).



Life Beyond Loss

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that we as a society struggle so much with death is because not many of us want to think about it, not to mention talk about it. However, everybody needs to talk about it because it is as natural as breathing. It happens every day every few seconds around the world. In our attempts to know what to say and what to do, less is more. Particularly if the “right words” are not easily expressed, to be wisely silent is always best. A strong, calming presence or a genuine look of love speaks volumes!   To be a welcomed source of comfort and caring, it is best to remember the words of our Lord when He said, “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31).

Work Cited

Doka, Kenneth J., Ph.D. Life Beyond Loss: Picking Up the Pieces and Facing the Emotions of Grief. Acworth: Guideline.

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