Person in need having a counseling session“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress…” Psalm 31:9

Death is a most emotional, challenging and stressful experience that we struggle to understand and accept. Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult, sad and for many unbearable. For most when the death of a loved one occurs, life changes forever. Feelings of sorrow, anger and guilt may occur. This is grief they are experiencing which is their response – mind, body and spirit – to the loss of their loved one.

This is a normal response, and it is okay to grieve. Some may cry, some may scream and some may feel hollow or numb. We all grieve in our own way. There is no “right” way to grieve when we lose a loved one.  Some may start to feel better in a few weeks or months, while others may still be grieving years later.

We are here to help you. The Diocese of Camden offers a Bereavement Ministry with many resources available to help you cope with your grief. It is through our hope and faith in Jesus Christ that we will persevere and that we will receive grace, peace and the ability to strengthen ourselves; never forgetting our loved one, but able to continue in our life’s journey. Remembering that it is through death that we gain salvation, are resurrected and receive eternal life. Death is the beginning of everlasting life.

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.” Romans 8:24-25

If the signs of grief start to interfere with relationships or daily functioning, this might be cause for concern, and the assistance of a professional might be helpful.