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Helping Someone After a Miscarriage - dos, don'ts, things to say and not say

Helping Someone After a Miscarriage - dos, don'ts, things to say and not say

Caring for a friend after miscarriage or stillbirth. -- A very sensitive article and insightful...

How to help and care for a friend after miscarriage (and pregnancy loss)

After Great Pain, Where Is God? - NYTimes.com

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After Great Pain, Where Is God? - NYTimes.com

Acknowledging Our Grief Anniversaries

Acknowledging Our Grief Anniversaries

You Are Not Crazy, You Are Grieving. - Second Firsts

You Are Not Crazy, You Are Grieving. - Second Firsts

Love doesn’t die,  People do.  So, when all that’s left of me  Is love,  Give me away.

When All That's Left of Me Is Love, Give Me Away

Love doesn’t die, People do.

Processing Tragedy with Teenagers.   We can find ourselves stumbling for words when tragedy strikes. Those of us who follow Jesus find ourselves asking very serious questions. How could this happen? Can God still be good?  Who can we trust? How can we ever feel safe? We can struggle for adequate words to respond to the complexities, but here are a few resources for helping young people process trauma and tragedy, whether experienced locally or through the media.

helping young people process trauma incl racial violence whether experienced locally or through the media

Lift up Your Head - Song by Laura Hackett Park YouTube

Lift up Your Head

"I’m tired," I told her. "I’m grieving, struggling, hurting"  She replied, "I get it.  This life is so so hard" & that's exactly what my heart needed to hear.  She didn’t say,  "It will get better. It could be worse. God won’t give you more than you can handle."   There will be a glorious day when God will heal every wound. But until then, let us together remember that we are walking a valley of tears on our road to Heaven.  Mourn with those who mourn. That is the best way to love.

This Valley of Tears

This Valley of Tears - Flourish in Hope

A Safety Plan for When Life Gets Rough – TWLOHA

A Safety Plan for When Life Gets Rough

We need to learn how to create elbow and knee pads for our mental health.

What makes life worth living in the face of death-TED Talk  "When we approach suffering together, when we choose not to hide from it, our lives don't diminish, they expand. I've learned that cancer isn't always a battle. Or if it is, maybe it's a fight for something different than we thought. Our job isn't to fight fate, but to help each other through. Not as soldiers but as shepherds. That's how we make it OK, even when it's not. By saying it out loud, by helping each other through"

What makes life worth living in the face of death

Good Grief.  Ideas for how to "grieve well" and how to effectively support others in grief.

Ideas for how to "grieve well" and how to effectively support others in grief.

Walking Through Grief With Your Child | Focus on the Family  Kathleen Fucci, author of the award-winning children's book Emily Lost Someone She Loved, shares personal lessons she's learned about ways to help children deal with death and grief.

Walking Through Grief With Your Child

Kathleen Fucci, author of the award-winning children's book Emily Lost Someone She Loved, shares personal lessons she's learned about ways to help children deal with death and grief.

Helping Children Through Grief: Twelve Simple Ways.  Illustrated Children's Ministry page

12 Simple Ways of Helping Children Through Grief

Helping Children Through Grief: Twelve Simple Ways. Illustrated Children's Ministry page

Drowning in plain sight.  So whose idea is it then that we hide our scars from each other, putting on a brave, blank face and stuffing down the pain? Let people in on the reality of suffering pain, hurt, and hard things.  Don't hide pain.  Share it honestly. We're not supposed to do this alone.  Let yourself be comforted and carried.

Drowning in plain sight

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