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October 1, 2015, 8:01 AM


Websters definition of grief is this:

Deep sorrow, especially caused by someones death.

Webster's definition of sorrow is this:

A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment or misfortune.

If I can be blunt, which I usually am, I think webster needs a new definition of grief. Let me explain my reasoning behind my thinking this way.

First of all, sorrow and grief are not just feelings. It goes much deeper. It can affect so much more than feelings. It can cripple reality. It can destroy relationships. It can cause physicial pain. It can affect social  situations.  Grief in itself can cause another type of dying.....a death of your heart that no medication can fix.

When a person is touched so deeply and affected to the core of their being by a special person , a special one of a kind person, the depth of the pain is endless. 

Death is a part of living. All people have to experience death, there is no way around that fact. We live, we die. As human beings we usually expect our path in life to include the   experience of losing someone we love and hold dear. It happens.  Older people die, people get sick, they die in unforseen accidents. The reality of death hits us all at some point in our lives. 

But what happens when God calls home a child from it's mama. A mama that loved so deeply, so completely, a love that was so committed, so treasured, so consuming........what happens then?

For others who may have known this child and been touched by his presence grief may be short lived. Life moves on. Memories sustain them.

For the mama who gave her all to this child life stands stoped the moment death entered the room. Memories aren't enough. Pictures aren't enough. Kind words and prayers aren't enough. Time is not enough.

The only thing that is ENOUGH, is God's promise to me and other mama's in this same situation as myself. 

The promise of Psalm 71:20

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

Jackie Snider


11-18-2015 at 8:22 AM
Beverly Zuvers
Jackie, I feel your pain to the deepest levels of my being. People say it get easier as time goes on, NO it doesn't. Deep within you will be Bossy's life, and the love you shared. It will creep up and take hold of you for the rest of your life here on earth. What happens is you will find a place for him that will forever be yours and the pain will not be every sec. of every day, but it will be a part of you always.
Your next post is on Thanksgiving and I was not able to comment there. So I write here, thank you for the reminder to reach out to the lonely, those who are alone. God Bless you Jackie Snider.
10-14-2015 at 10:11 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Hang on to this promise and truly believe it. There is always something good to come out of grief when you trust in our Almighty Savior. You are in my prayers, "mother of many". God will comfort you and He is enough.
10-05-2015 at 4:59 PM
David Mathis
This blog hits hard. It is heartfelt and speaks to so many who have lost people way to soon. Thanks, Jackie.
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