How You Can Help When Death Comes

Is it just me, or does it feel like lately a celebrity has died just about every week over the last couple of weeks. When you think about the list that includes; Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays and Steve McNair, how can you help but to scratch your head and wonder what is going on. I know people die everyday and death is just one of those factors in life that we all have to deal with. That doesn’t make it feel any better. Especially when it happens so close to home.

When someone dies we can all speculate whether they will go to heaven or hell. I usually don’t spend much time doing that. There isn’t anything any of us can do about it now. My heart usually goes out to the family of the deceased. Someone has just lost their mother, father, brother, sister or friend. After such a loss, getting on with life can be difficult no matter how much money the family has.

After the initial shock of death, the family will likely need some support on some level. As we all know, prayer always works. Pray continually that they Lord will give family and friend comfort during this tough time. HereĀ  some other ways you can help when someone you know experiences the loss of a loved one.

Offer to make meals
I know people usually take food over the families house when someone dies. Here is another spin on that. You could gather up people from from your congregation and provide the family with meals over the course of 2-3 weeks. All you need to do is develop a schedule and a different person can bring the family a meal every other day.

Offer to help with housework
It is amazing how housework piles up during times of bereavement. This is your opportunity to offer to help cut grass, do laundry or any other chores that need to be done around the house.

Spend some time with the children
Consider taking the children out for a good time. They have just lost their mother or father. I’m sure the surviving parent could use a little break. A day of fun and activities could go a long way in helping the grieving process.

Stay in contact
When the death initially happens there will be tons of people around to provide help and support. Will those same people be around a month or even a week later? That is when you could be a big help. Follow-up days, weeks and months after the death. A listening ear or a shoulder to cry on is always helpful.

This is just a starting point. You can always ask what the person needs. I believe God will honor you for having a willing heart to help others. Remember, prayer works too!

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  • Mikes Sumondong

    This is the most practical post about Death I have ever encountered. one great post you have here. And no it’s not just you. I also felt it that way: it’s like a season of dying. *sigh*

    My prayer is for everyone to come to their senses and be reminded that they’re going to die and that they need a savior and people will call upon the name of the Lord and be saved!

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