Scenario #5: A teenager who has a family member who is dying.The overwhelming feeling of grief and sorrow you feel from dealing with the fact that a love one is dying is understandable and sympathized with. However, it is crucial that you understand that despite the elevated level of pain you are experiencing, God provides his help with discovering comfort and finding hope. Grief is a completely natural process we undergo in order to recover from emotional injuries we suffer from. It is important that this fact is established, for you should not feel any remorse over your grieving–in fact, it is one of the essential stops on God’s pathway to bring forth healing.”To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says. God understands and intended for us to all encounter periods of loss–many great figures such as Job and David had leaned unto God and grieved openly. But these periods of loss do not last for prolonged extents, for “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Jesus proves to us that it is possible to maintain faith in God while also grieving, as seen in the Gospel of John in chapter 11, when He wept in anguish over Lazarus’s death and allowed Himself to face human sorrow, even though He was aware of the future events that were to come, which included him raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus has experienced all of our pain alongside us, proving how having faith in Christ alone does not prevent grief, but instead allows for hope to also be felt. This hope can be felt, since for those who believe in God, according to John, death is a passageway to eternal life. Grief can affect us in many ways and affect our behaviour, and in order to minimize these effects, you should seek to reach out to those who surround you and to God. Sharing your grief with others is guarantees to ease your burden, as we have the ability to “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). Oftentimes, those who are grieving shun others, but in order to be healthier, it is necessary to seek counseling, either in group sessions or with a pastor. Once we share ourselves with others, our grief is lessened. Maintaining a close relationship with God through your time of mourning will allow Him to hear your thoughts and prayers to Him. Jesus even preaches in one of His beatitudes that “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” as found in Matthew 5:4. God seeks to comfort us, but in order for Him to be able to do that, we must be able to accept His help. You can do this through maintaining faith in God and trusting Him, knowing that He understands everything there is. He reveals “For as the heavens are higher than the earth…My thoughts than your thoughts.” in Isaiah 55:9. When we confide in God, our eyes are opened to the truth–that God loves us and He is in control, knowing that whatever occurs in our lives are for our good.It is also vital for you to know that there is life after death, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Use this as a comfort and reminder: although your loved one’s body might be passing away, their spirituality is being renewed with every passing day. So do not focus on the visual aspects you see at the moment, but instead fixate on the unseeable. According to Psalm 139:16, God had known every human being before they were born, He knew how many months every being is to live, and every moment in all our lives were laid out. He knew and decided the length all of us were to live before we were even introduced into the world, and we have to place our trust in such a being who hold this much knowledge.I know that you must be asking God the same question his own Son had asked him on the cross: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why do you refuse to help me or even listen to my groans? Day and night I keep on weeping, crying for your help, but there is no reply. But, He is alongside us as we ask him these questions. He understands our feelings of grief, having watched His son died at a young age after being beaten and crucified for our sake.Grief and mourning are the unfortunate consequences of being a human. But if we have hope in Christ, He will help us carry out burdens, and we can find that there is consolation in the Holy Spirit. In response to grief, we share our burdens with God and integrate into our holy communities, discovering the truth behind God’s word and ultimately discover hope.