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17 October 2021
The lessons in loss life teaches when a loved one dies
Words Belinda Davis
Since Father’s Day last month, I have been thinking about the loss of my dear dad, the impact of his loss and that of other significant people in my life, and the journey you embark upon when such devastation occurs.
It can feel like your brain is full of a type of fog that clears momentarily before it descends once again. I have noticed a change in the way I view the world and those I care for. I have become less tolerant of petty arguments. I have become more willing to express my appreciation for those around me.
I have had many moments reflecting on this phenomenon called ‘grief’, and this is what I have learned:
The hope God offers me is what has carried me through this time. I am grateful for that and for those who have demonstrated his love to me in times when this sense of loss can be overwhelming. I pray I will now be able to deal more honestly and graciously with those I meet who may be grieving.
Major Belinda Davis is a Salvation Army officer (pastor) in South Australia. She blogs at A-blessed-life.com