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This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Women YouTube channel.

Tracy and Joanne discuss grief. Joanne lost her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandkids tragically a few years ago. Joanne is very familiar with the journey through grief.

[Related: Stages of Grief]

Video Highlights:

  • A grief burst is a moment when you are overcome by emotion, thinking about the loss you have experienced. It can be triggered by a memory, a song, a smell, or other things.
  • Joanne remembers that grief is unique to every person and time may soften the blow, but grief is ongoing.
  • Joanne describes a recent grief burst. She was in a store shopping and the name of her grandson, Blake, came up. In a moment, she burst into tears as she heard that name and was reminded that she was unable to buy gifts for her grandson. The burst usually lasts just a few minutes and then it passes.
  • Joanne can get through her grief because she has hope. She has hope that she will see her loved ones again in heaven and she finds hope in God’s word. She knows that she has a purpose to live out because of this experience.
  • She finds solace in 1 Thessalonians 4:13. Even though Joanne grieves because she has lost so much, she doesn’t grieve because she has no hope. She will never give up on God. She trusts in him and his greater plans.

[Related: God’s Blessings in Grief]

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. How have you experienced loss in your life?
  4. Describe your emotional journey with your loss. How did it differ from others in your life who experienced the same loss?
  5. Have you experienced a grief burst? Explain.
  6. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13. What does this verse mean to you? From where do you draw hope?
  7. How has God used your experience with loss to help someone else?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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