Dr. M. Norval Young has suggested six ways to overcome grief
- Accept the sympathy of others graciously. Sometimes they will not know how to express themselves well, but their love is sincere and you help them and yourself in leaning on them for a time.
- Recognize that the pain will grow more bearable. The pain of sorrow is acute, but time will help, or rather we should say God will help and he uses time to heal our hurts.
- Turn to the Bible with renewed thirst. Someone has said, “I opened the old, old Bible, and looked at a page of Psalms ‘til the wintry sea of my troubles was soothed as by summer calms; for the words that have helped so many, and the ages have made more clear, seemed new in their power to comfort, as they brought me their word of cheer.”
- Utilize the power of prayer. As Tennyson said, “There is more wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” In the words of Frank L. Cox, “Divine comfort is greatly needed. Hearts are broken, bowed down with sorrow, filled with fear. Anxiety, bereavement, and temptation beset us. A humble prayer to “the God of all comfort” brings relief, binds up the broken heart, lightens the burden. Through prayer Jesus found relief and obtained strength to face the foe.
- Be even more faithful in worship. Some people make the mistake of withdrawing from the world and of closing the blinds and locking the door. The wise Christian knows that worshipping with others who have suffered will help him. He knows that grief is a common denominator and that the solace of worship will be especially helpful at this time.
- Look out and see others who need your help. Work is a blessing when we need to overcome sorrow. There is no substitute for getting busy helping others. The best way to honor the dead is to serve the living
Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). We can even carry the burden of grief.