We continue in our Light for the Way devotional series with a focus this week on helpful resources and reflections on grief and loss leading up to All Saints Day on November 1. Previously we shared Living in the unknown — finding hope in the future.
All Saints Day is celebrated by Christians all over the world who remember that ‘great cloud of witnesses’ — spiritual ancestors through the centuries who cheer us on and help us persevere (Hebrews 12:1). All Saints Day can also be a day of personal remembrance, for calling to mind those you love, whose words still speak to you and whose example still steadies you.
By Optage Hospice Chaplain Jenny Schroedel, who provides grief support and education across PHS communities for residents and families and for the broader community.
'Great cloud of witnesses'
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." — Hebrews 12:1
In grief groups, questions about closure often come up. While attendees rarely say that "finding closure" is their goal, it is often a priority for friends and family, who feel that their loved one has been too sad for too long.
But most grieving people do not want closure. They don't want to "move on" or "get over it." They want to find a way to remember, to honor, to live their loved one's legacy.... Watch more:
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