The Church video “Journey Through Grief” helps us understand how to cope with the loss of a loved one.
Grieving is as inevitable as death itself. Mourning is a painful process, but relying on God can help you get through it.
In addition to the video above, the page “How Can I Cope with the Loss of a Loved One?” gives additional ideas about how faith can help you cope with grief. Below is a summary of the messages from that page.
Understand that sorrow and anger are natural feelings
None of these feelings are wrong or faithless. Experiencing the emotions that come along with grief is part of being human.
“To every thing there is a season,” the Bible explains, “a time to be born, and a time to die … a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:1—2). Knowing that death and grieving are necessary may not soften the pain, but it can make happiness sweeter in its season. Grief is not a weakness, an imperfection, or a sign of wrongdoing. It is a necessary part of mortality.
Express your feelings
God knows you will experience grief in this life, but you’re not meant to go through it alone. He wants you to seek comfort. Express your grief to God and to your friends. Accept the service and listening ears of people around you who want to help.
When you’re ready, it’s important that you share your loss, your pain, and your anger.
Ask questions and search for answers
Coping with death can draw us closer to God, but it can also cause us to question His plan. We can take our questions to God in prayer. We are promised, “Ask, and it shall be given you” (Matthew 7:7).
In the holy scriptures, God provides answers to many difficult questions about life and death. Here are some questions you might have, along with answers found in the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon:
God knows how you are feeling. Because He loves you, He mourns with you when you grieve. He wants you to be happy—and He’s made that possible. Know that the Holy Ghost can comfort us and bring peace.
Remember that through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and Resurrection, He overcame death for all of us. We all will be resurrected and can be with our families and loved ones again. In the meantime, we can find hope and healing in the love of Jesus Christ.
Happiness is God’s very purpose for your life. The pain of grief is real—but so is the peace that comes from God. If you are coping with the loss of a loved one, surround yourself with every resource for support and peace. Through prayer, scripture study, and the support of loved ones, you can find real hope and comfort.