Matt. 27:59-60 - Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and place it in his own new tomb that he had cut of the rock. Great emphasis is paced on the special and loving ministry to the ill and dying and their loved ones, and quite rightly so. When a person is seriously ill and his family is surrounded by sympathetic friends offering their assistance and prayers, these tokens of concern are praiseworthy. The needs of a family who has lost a loved one to death are just as great if not greater, as during the illness. Now is the time to support them in a various ways. There are many things that have to be done and many details that need attention. These are usually unpleasant, and time consuming matters that are not in the foreground. To under these tasks calls for dedication to a ministry that is difficult but also worthwhile. This will be a time when the family is in shock and will need sympathy and sound advice. Never shrink back from ministry, because through it you will perform a deed of Christian love that is beyond words, honoring our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Losing a loved one whether it be a friend or family member, it is one of the most difficult challenges that many of us will face. When losing a spouse, parent or sibling it can be particularly intense. We all have the understanding that loss is a natural part of life, but we are never fully prepared and we may become shocked and confused leading to long periods of grief and depression. This grief typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving has to be an important process in order to overcome these feelings. Everyone reacts differently to death and expresses personal coping mechanisms for grief. There is no “normal” time period for someone to recover from loss but most recover through the passage of time especially if they have a close support system and healthy habits. It may take months or years to come to terms with a loss, but if we come to God,use Bible verses and prayer for healing, our grief has a purpose. Grieving is the process God uses to bring us to a place of wholeness. In John 16:22 So with you Now is your time in grief but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.