Rooted Recommends: A Resource for the Grieving

Speaking as a widow who has raised three sons during the ten years since their father died, I have read a number of Christian resources on grief. One of the best is a relatively new blog from Clarissa Moll. Her excellent meditation “He Would Want You to Live” makes two simple but profound statements about how to live with grief. First, Moll says, “The only way to grow through grief is to feel the full weight of its pain.” This plain hard truth is followed by the equally true — and hopeful– reality that “he would want you to live,” meaning that our lost loved one is honored and even celebrated when we allow grief to open us up rather than shut us down. This article will be comforting and encouraging as you walk alongside students and families experiencing grief, or as you experience loss in your own life.

Hope this helps.

Anna is a single mom of three young adult sons. She is the Senior Director of Content at Rooted, co-host of the Rooted Parent podcast, a member of Church of the Cross in Birmingham, AL, and the author of the upcoming God's Grace for Every Family: Biblical Encouragement for Single Parent Families and the Churches That Seek to Love Them Well (Zondervan, 2024). She also wrote Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture-Based Prayers for College Students. In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening, great books, running, hiking, hammocks, and ice cream. She wants to live by a mountain stream in Idaho someday.

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