Saturday, September 3, 2011

Surviving a Huge Loss

I buried the child of a church member the other day. How do you survive the death of your child? How do you carry on?

In 1980, a thirteen-year-old California girl was killed by a drunk driver. Her mother began an organization called MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers - which has transformed the legal code and no doubt saved thousands of lives.

Rabbi Harold Kushner who lost his son struggled with the question , "Why?" and wrote his best selling book Why Bad Things Happen to Good People as a result. His struggles with grief have helped countless people.

How do you survive a huge loss? You process your pain and then use it to bless someone else whose wounds are fresher than yours.

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