Katrina Cassel

If you are hurting because of a loss, try these helpful suggestions:

  • Accept your feelings. You may feel mad, sad, guilty, and relieved—all at the same time.
  • Keep a journal. Write about your thoughts and feelings.
  • Talk to an adult you trust, someone who will let you talk about your loss as long and as often as you need to.
  • Do something useful with your pain. If you’ve lost a pet, volunteer at the humane society. If you’ve lost a grandparent, donate books to the library in his or her memory. If you’ve lost a sibling, choose a child from a Christmas giving project and buy him or her a present that your brother or sister would have liked at that age.
  • Pray. Tell God how you feel, even if you’re angry. God will give you peace and strength.
  • Don’t give yourself a time limit. After a year or more, you may still feel the hurt. The pain will eventually lessen, but you may feel a sense of loss for some time.
  • Make a memory album. Fill a scrapbook with photos or keepsakes. Good memories can often fill the emptiness.

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5-SECOND PRAYER: God, console me with your love. Amen.

—from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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