Jesus’ death and Resurrection open for us the possibility of reunion with our deceased loved ones. But even this consolation doesn’t take away the sorrow we naturally feel when someone dies. Jesus knows this, and so He never leaves us alone in times of sorrow. He weeps with us and invites us to take refuge in the tender abode of His heart. Of all of the many experiences of suffering, Jesus chose to speak a promise of comfort particularly to those who mourn: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Mt 5:4). He beckons us to come to Him and receive the comfort that only He can give.

Recommended Reading:

 

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

No One Cries the Wrong Way by Joe Kempf

In Memoriam by Henri Nouwen

Trusting God Through Tears by Jehu Thomas Burton

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