Spiritual Concepts that Helped Heal Grief, by Van Driessen

A Path out of griefVan Driessen, a colleague, health writer and Christian Science Practitioner, shares his own experience with the challenge of deep grief and his personal journey out of the depths of despair. Van chose a spiritual path – he turned to God through prayer for comfort, answers and direction and was able to overcome all the devastating symptoms and stages of grief and the overwhelming feeling of loss.  Take a moment and read this inspiring and heart-felt article of victory over grief!

When my wife of 24 years passed away, I felt there was a gaping hole in my life. I ached with loneliness and loss. But all that steadily turned around through my discovery of some transformative spiritual concepts. This began with a visit from a friend who had come to my wife’s funeral.

Some years before, this friend had raced motorcycles, and in one race, he’d crashed, ending up in a coma for a week. During that week while in the coma, he said there was definitely a time when he was aware that he was dying, although he said it felt more like leaving the world he had known and entering another. But there was this bright light that told him to go back. And he did. He awoke from the coma, gradually recovered, and was a better man, with a heightened desire to do good. He was not religious either before or after this experience, but he was a good man, an honest man, and after that experience he was not afraid of death because he knew he would continue on.

His story really helped me. It gave me comfort to realize that my wife was living and literally had moved on to another experience. It helped me more fully understand the many references to eternal life in the Bible and the apostle Paul’s words in the New Testament book of Romans (see Romans 8: 38, 39) saying that we are never separated from the love of God–that even death does not separate us from the love of God.

But at times there was still an almost overwhelming feeling of loss. I needed to go deeper.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org