It’s been a minute since I last posted and I’ve been thinking a lot on life. Not just on my life, but on the life of others.
I realise that one of the gifts God has given me is the gift of encouragement, and I often see it demonstrated when I am led to encourage people who are dealing with bereavement.
Of course, we always seek to sympathise and offer a ‘sorry to hear about the loss of your…’ but beyond an apology, can we offer prayer?
So for those of us who know someone who is dealing with bereavement today, if I could say anything or give any tips on what to say, I would say this….
- Pray that God will keep them and strengthen them. Also pray for the immediate family and everyone going through the bereavement, that God grant them all the grace to endure the loss IJN amen.
- People say it often, but the Word is going to be their anchor right now. There’s no shame for those who are mourning in acknowledging their weakness because this is when Christ is made strong within us.
- Remind them of the word:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” — Romans 8:35 KJV
- NOTHING can separate us from God’s love, so encourage them to hold unto that.
- Encourage them to tell God how they feel in regards to the passing, and the isolation that so often comes with it – He already knows, but we need to just allow Him to help us in our brokenness.
- Finally, sometimes when we can’t find the words, we just need to worship and allow the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate us. If you want to sing, dance or sit still and listen to the words, do it – I always find worship to be one of the best things to lift my spirit.
Above all else, commit to keeping them in your prayers.