The pain of losing a loved one is never easy. When it happens suddenly, it can seem extra hard to deal with. Listen to Stephen Schulz as he shares his recent experience of loss. As a pastor he has comforted a lot of people in their grief, but his own experience took him by complete surprise.
Grief and Loss
“We were in this little plane, caught in a thunderstorm and the pilot said – I’m sorry guys, we’re not going make it, we’re gonna go down – and man, that makes you think about living and dying!” Death is not a topic that we tend to talk about over a BBQ. Most of us don’t talk about death until it’s on our doorstep. Listen as Celia and Richard talk with Jonathan Krause about why we don’t need to be afraid to have those conversations.
“Joshua was my first pet. A blue heeler border collie cross. We did everything together. I was devastated the day I found him hit by a car. I was only 14 years old and what was I gonna do without him?”
I’m Richard Fox from Messages of Hope. How do you cope in times of grief and loss? Listen in this week when I’ll be talking about where I’ve found comfort in the lonely times of grief.
“Widowed at 19 with a three year old child: it’s not a recipe for happiness in anyone’s book, but in a conservative farming village in south India it spells disaster.”
Where do you turn when you’re isolated, ostracised, grieving and rejected. This week Noel Due shares the story of Vijaya and the message that gave her the courage to go against all cultural beliefs and live a life of worth and love.
Where do you go when your dreams are shattered? How do you recover from the emotional trauma and grief that overwhelms you? Listen to Deborah’’s story of miscarriage and how she found hope to move forwards and to dream again.
Losing a Baby Without Losing Hope On the night of June 7, just as I began my eleventh week of pregnancy with our fourth child, I learned my baby had died. The weeks that followed presented one of the greatest challenges to my physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing I have ever known. I discovered […]
Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things we may ever have to do. Saying goodbye to someone we love is heart breaking and can cause deep grief. But grief can also occur from other types of goodbyes. Have you ever moved house, changed jobs, or moved away from close family and friends? Listen to Richard Fox share some insights that have given him hope to get through grief.
How do you deal with grief? We all experience grief in different ways and for varying lengths of time. It’s not an experience we look forward to because it’s hard. But is there another side to grief that we often miss? Something that can make the grief more bearable? Listen to Tim Klein, a funeral director and a pastor, who has seen all kinds of grief.
For many people, especially farmers, watching the weather can be a favourite past time. But for some people it’s a lot more than that, sometimes it’s a matter of life and death. Rain is an essential part of life but sometimes too much rain can be destructive. I hope you can join me this week as I try to make sense of the times when natural disasters, like floods, destroy property, livelihoods, and even life itself.
Have you ever felt stuck in the dark, with no way out? Life may be dark because you’ve lost your job, or someone you love. This week on Messages of Hope, Noel Due shares how God does offer us a torch. I’m Richard Fox and I hope you can join us this week to discover a way through the dark times.