Category: Grief & Loss

November 14, 2022
'Grief can have a chastening effect': in Faith, Hope and Carnage: Nick Cave plumbs religion, creativity and human frailty

Faith, Hope and Carnage – Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan. Text Publishing, 2022 Deakin University's Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Lyn McCredden, reviews this recent acclaimed publication , stating... "Whether you adore or despise Nick Cave, this book offers you a great deal. Far more than the stereotypes of the gothic expatriate, or the drug-loving, post-punk, underground […]

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September 14, 2022
What To Do When Work Disappoints

We all know that work can at times be hard. However, it may be more difficult to recognise loss and grief at work. Meryl gives helpful ways to identify our grief and what we can do with it for a more productive work life. "Some days, my work bag is ridiculously heavy. But even when […]

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September 7, 2022
5 Idols Revealed through Hardship

Hardship is bound to hit us all. For people who follow Jesus, there are things that hardship can reveal about us that is helpful for life. While it can be difficult to see this while in the middle of suffering, Mark Vroegop highlights some of the more common things revealed in western culture. "While there’s […]

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July 25, 2022
Caring for the Sorrowful

Glenn Hohnberg looks to the Book of Proverbs to help us navigate the path of grief with those who are experiencing loss. "'Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.' (Proverbs 12:25) Those going through grief and loss—for whatever reason—feel anxious. The world feels less stable, less safe. Anxiety […]

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July 4, 2022
The Day of Small Things

How do we manage the emotional impact of tragic news reports from around the world? How can we help or make a difference? Meredith Van Der Klip offers some useful practical advice to help navigate troubled times. "God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.” In the face of large-scale tragedy, […]

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February 21, 2022
Entering into the Loneliness of Job

Loneliness is considered an epidemic, and has been around for a while. The Bible tells the story of Job in his great loneliness and grief. there is hope, described by Christopher Ash in this article.

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September 14, 2021
Remembering 9/11. Where is God in all the suffering?

This week marks 20 years since the terrible attacks of 9/11. As we continue to grapple with violence and darkness in the world today, how can we make sense of suffering? And where is God in the midst of it all? Duration: 4mins Source: https://www.thinkingfaith.asia/big-issues/remembering-911-where-is-god-in-all-the-suffering

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July 28, 2021
A Letter to the Mourning

With the Olympics on we are reminded how we love a winner; but there is only one per event. What about all the other competitors?! The Olympics emphasis on the best performance means that what's more common than the joy of victory is 'disappointment'; and 'unmet hopes and expectations'. This brief article highlights the alternative way to define […]

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June 8, 2021
Coping with the Big "R's": Retrenchment & Redundancy

They are the two big R's. Retrenchment and redundancy. They are very similar in that you suddenly don't have a job anymore. However, in the former with "retrenchment," the company or organisation no longer has need of yourskills or abilities and they let you go. The latter means that the organisation has done away with […]

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June 8, 2021
The Emotional Turmoil and Cycle of COVID-19

You've heard the terms regarding our present situation such as unprecedented, unimaginable, exceptional, never before, unmatched, extraordinary, and naturally enough, there are a world of emotions that people are experiencing and feeling. Some say that they are anxious, others say they are depressed, some overwhelmed, a few are angry, some are just feeling lost and […]

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May 11, 2021
What Does God Think Of My Pain?

This article gives some answers about what God's think of our pain--it's hopeful, encouraging and realistic. "To be a Christian doesn’t mean that we will never have to suffer. Sometimes we have the idea that once we join ourselves to Christ, somehow he is on our team, and he’s going to protect us from anything […]

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May 11, 2021
Nancy Guthrie's Story of Hope in the Midst of Grief

Nancy Guthrie shares her family's story about the journey in sickness of their new born daughter. In the midst of their incredible pain, God was at work. "When Nancy Guthrie's daughter, Hope, was born, she quickly learned that something was wrong. Doctors informed her and her husband, David, that all of the little things that […]

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