Posts Tagged ‘ managing grief ’

BREATHE DEEPLY, PRAY EARNESTLY, LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

Dec 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Each day brings more revelations of those affected, of those touched, of those involved, of those whose tears won’t stop. The tragedy in Newtown is, to be sure, one of the worst catastrophes that could possibly invade anyone’s life. Cataclysmic and horrendous. Are there any words that conjure up just how profound the pain really is?

Persons most affected, those far distant, those whose empathy stretches beyond any miles, the many who know, somehow deep in their hearts and souls, what agony those nearest must be enduring. It will not subside suddenly. It will not dissipate easily. It will not ease immediately.

Each seeks to find something that helps. Some salve, some balm, some relief, Oh, Please dear God.



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 11/04/12

Nov 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With bad news abounding, there is enormous need for encouragement and uplift in these days approaching the end of the year. Some espouse their peculiar discoveries for inspiration in unusual methods. Others are content to find solace in traditional rituals. Still others seek and seem to find theirs through exotic connections.

Whatever works well for you is worth pursuing. Whatever gives you encouragement and strength in these times of difficulty is to be recommended. When standing in line for gas or food, one needs something to ponder other than the line’s slow movement and the crowd’s growing impatience. When life is blocked by a reality that makes the day feel miserable then is the moment for finding relief and sustenance of the spirit.

This is not just a test, this matter of developing a means for coping, this is life. It is



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 2/19/12

Feb 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A retired pastor, friend and colleague shared the following counsel with his congregation a number of years ago. I thank him for having shared it with me.

“One of the necessities of our mortality is the management of grief. Grief permeates life and learning to live with it is a process which belongs in the growth graph of each one of us. But in spite of the fact that the management of grief is a common experience, many of us do not do a good job of helping others handle their grief. Therefore, I want to suggest some ways in which you can be helpful to relatives and friends in their grief experiences.

“Definite don’ts: