MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY: DEALING WITH LOSS
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Since March 2020, we have dealt with ‘unprecedented circumstances’, we have been running the longest marathon and we have ‘pivoted’ so many times, we don’t want to hear these words anymore! We have lost time with loved ones, we have lost loved ones, we have lost jobs, celebrations, vacations, security, the way we used to do things, and we remain in a heightened state as we begin 2022.
How do we deal with the stress that loss brings when it seems to pile on top of us over and over? So many of us have silent battles, moments of uncertainty that we shove deep down inside. How will we overcome all we have been through? How do we pick ourselves up again and again? How do we move forward?
We move forward one small step, one moment, one day at a time, knowing that the Word, God’s love, the power of the Holy Spirit, His people and worship will carry us forward. We cling to God’s promises:
“My soul is weary with sorrow, strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119:28.
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
How do we adjust, especially if we have lost a loved one? What do we do with overwhelming grief?
Dealing with Loss
Allow yourself to grieve and be open to asking for help, seeking individual, family, or group counseling. I have worked with Ohio Health Hospice for years and highly recommend their free services. I also am happy to speak with you personally to answer questions about their programs.
Many churches have excellent grief groups. It is hard to take that step and we tend to give many excuses why we cannot go, but these groups and counseling bring healing and relief.
Try to give yourself time, do not rush to make major decisions or changes that could add more stress to your life. Be purposeful and set aside time, maybe an hour or so a day to ‘work’ on your grieving. Pray, read the Word, read a good devotional book, listen to worship music, talk with your friends and family. Remember your mental health needs attention too. Get outside, and take a walk, make sure you are taking care of yourself and again, ask for help if things are just too hard, it is ok. Jesus knows your pain, He wants you to lean in and He is there for you even if you feel numb.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
WC is filled with believers who will come alongside you. Please do not hesitate to message me, I would love to get you connected and walk with you on your journey.
Speak confidentially with Nancy Secrest, licensed counselor, by contacting her at 614-410-4306 or sending her an email.