Mourning with Those Who Mourn

Discover the transformative power of shared mourning. Drawing from scripture and the experiences of the people of Alma, learn how “mourning with those who mourn” leads not only to comfort for the grieving but to profound personal growth, drawing us closer to Christ.

Consider a frigid winter landscape. It’s barren, cold, and life seems to have withdrawn into the earth. Yet, this apparent desolation is but a season. It’s the precursor to spring’s rebirth and growth. Similarly, in our lives, moments of mourning can seem like enduring winter, but these are the seasons that, while painful, can lead to profound personal growth.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

This scripture implores us to share in each other’s burdens, to mourn with those who mourn, to comfort those who need comfort. When we empathize with the grief of others, we not only share in their burden but also cultivate a deeper connection with them and our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is always willing to bear another’s burden.

The story of the people of Alma in the Book of Mormon provides an insightful example of this principle. When they were in bondage, in deep affliction and mourning, they “did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.” (Mosiah 24:12). They leaned on each other and on God, and He, in turn, eased their burdens, making them feel light, even in their dire circumstances. Notice that the challenge didn’t go away, but their ability to handle the challenge was increased.

We too can apply this principle. When a friend is bereaved, or a family member is grappling with loss, let’s be present. Offer a listening ear, a comforting word, a shared meal, a heartfelt letter, or just a silent, supportive presence. And while we may not be able to take away their pain, we can share it and thus make their burden lighter.

And for those wrestling with a significant life change, such as a divorce , a job loss, or a family member who has abandoned their faith, your continued companionship and reassurance can be very meaningful. Keeping in touch, inviting them for social activities, or just offering a  shoulder to cry on can provide a sense of normalcy and the understanding that it’s okay to grieve their loss.

The act of mourning with others isn’t about having all the answers or fixing things. It’s about empathy, presence, and the sharing of burdens. By applying these principles, we foster deeper connections, bring a measure of comfort to those in grief, and become more like our Savior, who is always there to “bind up the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1).

Remember, just like spring follows winter, joy and growth can sprout from mourning. As we “mourn with those that mourn”, we not only provide comfort but we ourselves grow, becoming more Christlike, more loving, and more compassionate.

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