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Ted writes:
June 23, 2014 11:34 AM
Online Community, my mom passed into eternity on May 3, 2014. She was reunited with four of her children while eight of us said "We'll see you later". Mom was an amazing lady and we will miss her deeply. I appreciate your prayers.

Cassie writes:
April 19, 2014 10:53 PM
My dad just passed away suddenly on April 13th, and this article was a blessing. Me and my children are very sad at this point, I pray for comfort and peace. The odd thing is I work in Hospice and I also lead a grief support group. This is very difficult for me at this time, please pray for me and my family.

Bernadette writes:
April 15, 2014 12:18 PM
Thanks for posting this article. Today is six years since my husband passed away. I get very anxious every year leading up to his death anniversary and this year its no different. While the tears don't come as often and my visits to the cemetery are not as frequent I look forward with much joy and anticipation when we will be united never to part again. To those of you who have lost loved one, I know the journey is tough but remember that God is right there with you during your grief. God bless.

Phil writes:
April 15, 2014 8:57 AM
My brother passed away unexpectedly last year. Our whole family has been hurting ever since. Every now and then I can go back to the morning I got "the call" that he had passed and I relive the pain as it were yesterday. I am thankful that I know he is in heaven today. I'm not sure if my brother can hear me now, but I always ask him to save a seat for me next to him in Heaven. Knowing I will see him again is sometimes the greatest therapy I have.

Anita writes:
April 15, 2014 6:55 AM
We know that loss of our loved ones can be a very painful experience. I lost my mother when I was 8 years old. I did not understand at the time what was actually happening. However, now I know that the Word of God is true. Psalms 147: 3 - "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Be encouraged. God is all-knowing.

Nancy writes:
April 14, 2014 5:02 PM
Please all pray for me. I am a born again Christian and love the Lord with all of my heart. I am 70 yrs old and it seems like each of my children have forgotten me. Please pray that God brings them back to me and show them how very much I love and miss them. In Jesus name amen.

Shantell writes:
April 14, 2014 9:42 AM
I lost my dad at the age of eleven and I was devastated. I did not understand death much and wondered why God took him away from me. Every year, though; it gets easier and easier. Yes, I still cry when I go the grave but I understand now. God said he had suffered long enough and I know that he is my angel.

Ashley writes:
April 12, 2014 10:41 PM
My first thought is about my Mema. She has not passed away, however she is in the early stages of dementia. I saw her six months ago when I went home for a visit and she was nearly the same as always. I thought, "dementia? This woman has her wits!" But I saw her just a month ago and she had lost all short term memory. We had the same conversation several times and I doubt she remembers that I have a six month old son that she has now met and even held. It broke my heart to see a once vibrant and quick witted woman, completely vulnerable and lost. I know God has a plan for us all and I trust in His will. I just pray she doesn't suffer too greatly.

Eula writes:
April 11, 2014 1:46 PM
Today marks 19 years since my granddaughter left us. She was only here for 36 hours but left a lifetime of memories for all of us. It never is easy to deal with the loss of a child or grandchild no matter how long you have them. We just have to keep looking forward to what is to come - In memory of Megan 4-10-95 to 4-11-95. I have lost both parents, both mother and father-in-law and a multitude of uncles and aunts over the past years. The power of prayer is awesome as it gets me though many days and hours.

Robert writes:
April 11, 2014 9:49 AM
Great Topic, and better advice. I have buried a son, all my grandparents, my wife's grandparents, and a number of friends. The grief is nearly unbearable when it is a child. If it were not for Church family coming around me, praying for and with me, and helping me find peace through Jesus, I am not sure I would still be alive. Cling to the truth of Scripture with all your being. Believe the hope and peace that can be found in it. Cry out to God in your pain, and be confident that He will hear and care for you. Ask for His comfort and you will not be denied. It is only in Him that we can find the path forward and the strength to continue on in the plans he has for us. I thank the Lord, that there are places like Liberty to train up believers to walk beside those who are struggling. I thank the Lord for the blessings He has showered on me to allow me to find this great place of hope, and to participate in it's community. May our Lord and Savior touch each student in their time of need in a special way so that they will know he is their present Hope and peace.

April writes:
April 10, 2014 10:45 AM
At first when I read the question about losing someone. My mind went to my grandfather. He died of early onset Alzheimer's this past December. My heart broke for him and especially my grandmother now widowed at a mere 62. But when I read the verses about pain, it spoke about healing. I realized those verses weren't for me because that pain had already been healed by God. Healed by the knowledge He was merciful. He is just. And He was most likely with my grandfather as we speak.

Ted writes:
April 7, 2014 10:44 PM
All, thanks for sharing your loss with our online community. Know that we are praying for you and your families. Patricia, feel free to share the blog with your Aunt. God bless. Ted

Patricia writes:
April 7, 2014 10:19 PM
I am so grateful by this post. My Uncle passed last month and it was very unexpected. He and my Aunt have been together since high school over 40 years. My aunt is taking it very hard. They both are ministers. Sometimes we tend to forget that even though someone is a minister and knows the Word of God, losing a loved one is still a tragic event and even they need words of encouragement. If it is okay I would like to send your post to my Aunt along with the scriptures. Again thank you and God bless.

James writes:
April 7, 2014 2:21 PM
It sure is amazing how God works. About two years ago, my wife Heather and I spoke about me going to seminary on-line but my health issues interfered with these plans. Someone called at least once a month to check on Heather, our son--Tyler, and me: to inquire of our needs and to pray for us. On the morning of May 24, 2013 at 11:26, Heather fell asleep at the wheel and after an extended distance of travel the car gradually left the road and hit a tree. Death was not instant but happened within minutes. I was never angry at God over this but I kept crying out for the Peace Jesus gives us in John 14:27. However, it was fleeting. On August 26, 2013--her birthday and our wedding anniversary, I traveled back to the accident scene with our pastor. Within minutes of arrival and recounting the details of the route the car traveled to the pastor, God spoke to me and reassured me. He gave me that peace in telling me that just as Jesus gave up his Spirit to God on the Cross, this was the tree where my wife surrendered her spirit to God. Peace came to me. Meanwhile,after the accident, Liberty's counselors never let go of me and my son. About every two weeks a different counselor would call and spend time talking with me about anything that was going on with me and my son emotionally in dealing with our loss. I enrolled to begin SEMI500 on February 10. My research paper turned out to be on the topic of Suffering and Pain in the Christian Life. The tears still come and I know that I will always miss her in this life. But I also know that I will see her again. Meanwhile, Tyler graduated high school one week after the accident and is in his second semester at a Christian university studying Criminal Justice. He and I are doing great. We're on different paths of study but supporting and encouraging each other. And, most important, walking with God. Thank you Liberty University for being such a major role in God's plan for Tyler, our family, and me.

Saundra writes:
April 5, 2014 9:18 AM
When my mother died my son was two weeks old. There were no granddaughters, so I gave him her name as his middle name, Geraldine (Gerald). She was thrilled to have the legacy. I hadn't even thought of doing that, but God had. She died suddenly, at my house, just as they were getting ready to make the trip from NC back to OR, our home state. I thank God for his inspiration. Though it was painful when I would pick up the phone to tell her about his first steps, his first teeth and didn't receive a birthday card for his first birthday like I had with the other 3, we had those 2 weeks of cuddling and cooing over my son. I treasure those memories. Someone gave me the book "A Grief Observed" by CS Lewis. It helped tremendously. When you think you should say something, don't. Just be there. My best friend flew in from Denver to Raleigh and just sat with me. As the blog said, you still tear up 13 years, 15 years, 20 years later. Love is the greatest emotion, both good and bad. But it is a blessing to have loved and been loved so greatly. This too, does pass. Unfortunately we will leave them behind, too, someday. Love like Christ loved.

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