Mourning: A Right Response

Reminding myself that mourning is at time the best and only first response to tragedy.

Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

heartinhand“Let mourning fulfill its function. Don’t fear it, but embrace it, use it, and baptize it for God’s glory.”
Gary Thomas in Authentic Faith

When the phone rang, I felt clueless as to why my nineteen-year-old daughter was sobbing uncontrollably. As she tried to communicate to me what had happened, she alternated between drawing in short staccato-like breaths and trying to speak. All the while, my mind raced from one possible scenario to another. None of them good.

After a few minutes, she was able to tell me that her dear friend had been killed earlier that morning in a traffic accident. He was only nineteen. The same age as my daughter. As soon as the words sunk in, I felt like someone slammed me against the wall. It hurt, physically. Unable to wrap my mind around the full implications of this young man’s sudden death, I urged my daughter…

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