Bereavement Meditations

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
II Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Bereavement Meditations 
August 2019

“Disenfranchised Grief”

 The term (disenfranchised grief) is used to describe grief that is not acknowledged by society.  A few examples are listed below:
  • Death of a friend
  • The loss of a pet
  • The loss of a home or place of residence (particularly in the case of children, who generally have little or no control in such situation, and whose grief may not be noticed or understood).
  • An aborted/miscarried pregnancy
  • A mother's surrender of a child to adoption
  • Death of a loved one due to an unacceptable cause such as suicide
  • A professional or personal achievement not accomplished
  • Loss of independence as one grows older, or becomes incapacitated

A tool to use:
  • Explain briefly a disenfranchised loss you experienced.  How did you feel about your loss?  How do you feel about it today?
  • Is there a disappointment or loss you experienced you were unable to express?  Write a few statements explaining your situation.
  • Now write a letter to the LORD expressing your unique situation.  Be sure to ask HIM to heal your pain believing HE will do exactly that.
Finally, read aloud the letter, rip it into pieces and throw it away.

"But you, O LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."  Psalam 89:15 NIV

Dear LORD, Help me in my grief.  It is the grief that only You know I feel.  Comfort me when I feel inadequate, like I'm not enough.  I need Your healing.  In the Name of Jesus, Amen