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griefhealing%20homepage[1]Widowed Parent Podcast – was created by Jenny Lisk as a way to help people find the information and advice she wishes she had when her husband died. With more than 75 episodes, she and special guests have covered topics on building resilience in kids after loss, autism and grief, step-parenting grieving children, being a widowed dad, and much more. In addition to the podcast, her website has other helpful links and resources. Podcast link

 

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Image result for coronavirus imageWhile we assumed things were getting better, suddenly we find ourselves back to phase 1 again.  This is creating more grief and feelings of uncertainty than ever before.  The more uncertain and unpredictable our lives become, the more grief we begin to experience. Whether there’s a loss as in a loved one’s death or a loss related to some sort of predictable job, routine, or any kind of “normal”, grief will find a way into your life.

People cope with losses in different ways. If you need help dealing with your loss, resources are available to help:

The CDC has information and resources that can help. More on Grief and Loss….Check out the CDC’s website for helpful advice!

More info on Grief with Children and Mental Health.

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Image result for The Uncertainty of LifeThese are times of uncertainty. What will our new normal be like? It’s one thing to have to live through the loss of a loved one…and then grieving losses through a pandemic that isolates us more! My online blogger friend, JoAnne Funch, a Certified Grief Coach, on her website, “Heartache to Healing”,  she posted an article:

The Uncertainty of Life

Collectively Grieving What Was

Collective grief can be so complicated due to multiple losses. Read her article and find ways to create more meaningful moments and a new perspective in life.

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Breathe

Visit my Facebook Page for words of hope and inspiration during grief…

This is just a chapter…not the whole story

Enjoy the sunsets, enjoy the coffee and the solitude. Breathe, rest and be kind to yourself. This is just a chapter….it’s a season….it will leave a footprint on your journey. Enjoy the scenery along the way. Pray for direction and God will lead you and direct you. You will find hope and joy again!

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RescueSometimes in widowhood, when we’re grieving for our loved one, we find ourselves in a very low and dark place. Some how, we can’t find the right words to express to others what we are feeling. We’re lost in a world with no way out.

In these difficult times, we need to look up and ask God to rescue us…. He’s been there, and always will be… He’s just waiting for us to ask…..

Lauren Daigle expresses it well in her YouTube“Rescue” by Lauren Daigle

 

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Postcards Greyden book cover picture[1]Over the years, I’ve stayed connected to certain websites that guide widows/widowers back into the mainstream of life. My online friend, Ferree Hardy, has one of the best websites for resources….Widow’s Christian Place. As the holidays approach, loss is magnified in our lives. Please check out one of her latest blogs that may give you additional ideas in how to muddle through your grief….”What Are Your Resources?”

Ferree gives several suggestions from helping to choose the right “counselors” to talk with, to helpful websites, online support groups, financial assistance, grief support groups as well as organizations and help just for widowers.

Ferree has also written a book, “Postcards from the Widows’ Path“. Her book helps guide widows through the phases of widowhood through the Book of Ruth. There is always HOPE in our darkest moments. Find resources that feel best for you!

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compassWe never really know what lies ahead in our life’s journey. Just as we think we have things figured out and what direction we’re headed, life throws us a curve ball!

My online blogger friend, JoAnne Funch, gives a great analogy for helping us through the grief process in her Heartache to Healing website. Sometimes we have to be open to change and allow our inner compass to guide us through. JoAnne shares her blog: Life is like a Compass.

“Just as our grief doesn’t follow a predictable course like a map, neither does life. In fact, it’s more like a compass because it points you in the general direction and then you figure out where to turn.” -JoAnne Funch

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HeartSometimes we just need a subtle reminder that God is still with us. There are times and circumstances that are beyond our control. So this is just a reminder, that whatever you are going through….YOU ARE LOVED and this is God’s reminder.

This picture shared from my friend Ferree Hardy’s website….Widow’s Christian Place.

 

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Fathers dayAs the years goes by, and your loved one is a precious memory, it may help to celebrate his life instead of mourning his death. The following article, “HONORING A DECEASED FATHER ON FATHER’S DAY”, shares ideas for Father’s Day to those who have lost a father. These are some ways you can start a tradition or find a different way to honor him each year.

On this website, Sympathy Solutions, you can also find:

Bible Verses for Grief:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” –2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Quotes for Healing:

Challenges will continue to come. It is my choice to look for the joy or to let my spirit sink back into grief. I choose joy. – Donna Thomas, Author

There are many more articles, products and resources on this website. Share this post with others who may need some guidance and comfort in their grief!

 

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churchSheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) perseveres through grief when her husband, Dave Goldberg, suddenly dies in 2015. Listen to Clay Scroggins (Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church- one of Americas largest churches) interview Sheryl as she talks about her grief journey.

In the 3rd part of the series, Fight For It, Clay explains how the struggle is real and Sheryl shares her struggles in her widowhood. It is summed up…. “In our greatest adversities, we receive the gift of being comforted by God, so we may then comfort others.”

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