Youth and Grief
by John Thomas
Our young people have been through two weeks of trials. The deaths of two friends on different occasions. I couldn't help but use this space to ask for some help. Please reach out and listen to our children, encourage them, and support them! One of the hardest lessons we learn about in life, is death. This is the first experience with death for a lot of these young people. Please do what you can to help them.
1) Accept your child's sorrow and grief as valid and genuine. Try to understand their needs and emotions.
2) Wait - Let them express their sorrow in their own way. Don't try to dry their tears too soon. They need to let it out.
3) Share this experience with them. Go through it with them, it will
bless both of your lives! Don't know what to say? Listen!
4) Reinforce - Lift them up and lead them forward. Don't take the "better safe than sorry" approach because you're not sure how to help. Get involved, point them to God for answers and you will both find them! Hug 'em and don't let go!
1) Remember God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
2) Remember satan is the author of confusion.
3) Remember to fill your life with good things so you have no regrets about your life, before or after death.
4) Focus on God and focus on taking care of other people's needs and God will take care of yours!
5) Reinvest your time with those who remain with you. It will pay big dividends!
6) Keep the sweet memories of friendship.
7) Know that God loves you!
Shocked? Confused? Frustrated? Withdrawn? Anxious? Hopeless? Depressed? Scared? Alone? God has the answers!
2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 4:6-9, 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, Romans 8:31-39, Psalm 23
April 16, 2000
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