When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph…went up to bury his father.” (Genesis 50:4, 7 NIV)
The Social Security Administration estimates that each year, 1 million Americans lose their spouses, joining the 11 million older adults who already walk that territory. This doesn’t include the millions that will also lose a child, parent, personal health, career, or other critical loss this calendar year. Into every life a little grief will fall, and for some, more than others.
Just as grief and mourning will impact everyone, those days must eventually pass and the drumbeat of life resume. Mourning is both healthy and normal, but so is the eventual renewal of living beyond it. It doesn’t work the same on everyone’s timetable, but the outcome of healing should.
If you are in this place, take your time, but find your way back to restored life. If you know those that are grieving, be patient with them, simply being there and bringing reminders that life still awaits and that they are not alone. The days of mourning will pass! You are loved today!