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This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.

In this video, Tracy talks with Joanne about how important it is to keep the memory of your loved ones alive. It’s part of the healthy grieving process.

[Related: Healthy Ways to Grieve (Part 1)]

[Related: Some Do’s and Dont’s for Helping Those Who Are Grieving]

Video Highlights:

  • Looking at pictures is a great way to keep memories alive. Think about what they were doing the day that picture was taken.
  • For Joanne, she needed to take action and turn a tragedy into a story of triumph. She needed to do something with her loss that would better the world. That was the best way she knew how to honor the memory of her family.
  • Joanne loves to meet with people who are grieving or have lost hope. She loves to give them encouragement and help them to find ways to keep the memory of their loved ones alive, too.
  • Joanne is writing a book and speaking in differing contexts about her journey of loss and how God has loved her through it all.
  • Joanne’s husband Larry has found ways to keep memories alive, too. He would take his son on special trips every year. Now, he takes other people to do those trips. So, he can still feel connected to his son by doing those vacations and also share it with other people who enjoy those outings as well.

Grief is a process and you have to be patient to get through it. Part of the journey is to find meaningful ways to keep the memories of your loved ones alive.

[Related: Trusting God Through Cancer]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What are some things people in your life have done to remember loved ones who have passed? How were these things helpful?
  4. Why is it important to remember those we’ve lost? What can happen if we bury our feelings and memories?
  5. If you’ve lost someone, what are some things you can do to keep their memory alive?
  6. Read Psalm 34:18. What does it mean to you that God cares about your broken heart? How has God already helped to rescue you in your time of loss? In what ways are you still waiting on God?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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