There is a mourning, a deep sense of loss that we experience when a friend or loved one passes away.  We’ve lost their guidance, their support, their presence. And inevitably we think of things we could have done or said. Sometimes out of that loss our lives take new and meaningful directions, and we find comfort even in our mourning.

As caregivers there is another kind of “mourning” that we face. Daily, in scores of little ways the one you care for “mourns” the loss of once-common abilities. Independence is surrendered, and in its place is the need to be helped…again… and again…and again.

Jesus longs to turn loss – all loss – into an experience of his loving embrace. In Matthew 5:4 in THE MESSAGE he promised that…

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”

As a caregiver, you have our Lord’s full presence and support in comforting those who mourn the day-after-day decline of life .

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (, copyright 2016

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