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Finding Solace after the Loss of a Loved One

By Mormon.org
Finding solace in the loss of a loved one - a woman at a gravesite

Death is part of Heavenly Father’s plan and Jesus Christ overcame death for all of us when he resurrected from the tomb.

Read about the 5 stages of grief and how to find solace after losing a loved one. Pin this page to Pinterest!

1. Denial and Isolation

Denial and isolation are often the first stages of grief. It is normal to deny what has happened and block out others, but peace can be found by turning to God in prayer.

"Our Father in Heaven has promised us peace in times of trial and has provided a way for us to come to Him in our need. He has given us the privilege and power of prayer. He has told us to 'pray always' and has promised He will pour out His spirit upon us." --Rex D. Pinegar, "Peace through Prayer," Ensign, May 1993, 66.

2. Anger

It is common to react to the loss of a loved one with anger. Recognizing that God has a plan for each of His children can heal the hurt.

“Your Heavenly Father loves you and wants the best for you. Never doubt this. While He allows all of us to make choices that may not always be for our own or even others’ well-being, and while He does not always intervene in the course of events, He has promised the faithful peace even in their trials and tribulations.” --Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding a Safe Harbor," Ensign, May 2000, 59.

3. Bargaining

Some people deal with their grief by trying to undo or avoid the cause of their grief. Comfort can be taken in the knowledge that Jesus Christ died and atoned for everyone’s sins. The atonement applies to all and death is not the end.

LDS leader Duane B. Gerrard said in a 1997 General Conference talk:

“The Lord has carefully provided a plan of life called the plan of salvation. It comprises all of the laws, ordinances, principles, and doctrines required to complete our mortal journey and progress to a state of exaltation enjoyed by our Father in Heaven. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Through His divine work—the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement—He makes this plan available to all.”

4. Depression

Though depression may accompany the loss of a loved one, hope can be found through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that there is life after death. Death is an essential part of the plan of salvation. In order to become like our Heavenly Father, we must experience death and receive perfect, resurrected bodies.

Watch the video below “Until We Meet Again” to learn more about life after death:

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5. Acceptance

Recognize that God hears and answers prayers and has a plan for you.

Ronald Jacques, a Red Cross volunteer said: “Everyone suffers. Everyone has problems. Everyone has tragedies,” he said. “Sometimes they make the news, and sometimes they just are written on our hearts. It’s up to us to decide what we’re going to do about it.” Read the complete article here.

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