Lesson 2 of4
In Progress

Grieving the Loss of a Child / Grieving with God

Background Scripture:

Lamentations 3:17, 18
17 my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;
18 so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.”

Podcast Sections:

02:22       Michael talks about the loss of his son
04:37      The aftermath of the loss – losing a son not like losing a parent
05:42      The second year was harder than the first
06:20      “Time heals all wounds” – you never get over the loss of a child
07:44       The simplest things become more difficult
09:28       What conversations with God were like
13:16         Lamentations passage – fake it until you make it
14:52        Some Sundays God and I aren’t talking to each other
15:45        The Lord can handle anything we say to him
16:29        Passages that show God understands our weakness
17:40        It’s impossible for your faith to survive unless you stay tethered to his people
20:56       Counseling is very necessary including marital counseling
23:54       The role of faith in all of this
25:26       “If an empty tomb does not excite you, you’ve never wept beside a grave” – Good comes from tragic circumstances
26:55       “To some level, I have a miserable existence.”
28:17        You can survive living with pain
29:10        Why so many couples wind up divorcing
31:25        Good grief
32:15        Good that has come from the loss
38:20       Heaven becomes more real
38:54       One becomes more comfortable with death

  • Question 01
    How soon should one expect to get over the grief of a child or a close loved one? (6:20, 26:55)
  • Question 02
    Is it realistic to think somone’s relationship with God will stand unchanged with the loss of a child? (Consider reading Lamentations 3:17-24)
  • Question 03
    What advantages do we have in handling grief if we have a good church family? (17:40)
  • Question 04
    Michael says that 70 percent of couples that lose a child end up divorcing. How can a couple overcome these odds?
  • Question 05
    Discuss the idea that good can come from loss.