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Spouses who were widowed at a young age.
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Many things right now may make it difficult to find comfort in the loss of a loved one. But, I have good news for you! One thing that can help with the healing process even months, years, decades after someone we love passes away is having peace of mind of what has happened to them now that they are no longer with us. So, here's the truth...
The Bible says: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5; Psalm 146:4) Therefore, when we die, we cease to exist. The dead can’t think, act, or feel anything.
God explained what happens when we die when he spoke to the first man, Adam. Because Adam was disobedient, God said to him: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Before God created Adam “out of dust from the ground,” Adam did not exist. (Genesis 2:7) Likewise, when Adam died, he returned to dust and ceased to exist.
The same thing happens to those who die now. Speaking of both humans and animals, the Bible says: “They have all come to be from the dust, and they are all returning to the dust.”—Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20.
But, here is some GOOD NEWS!
The Bible often compares death to sleep. (Psalm 13:3; John 11:11-14;Acts 7:60) A person who is fast asleep is unaware of what is happening around him. Likewise, the dead are not conscious of anything. Yet, the Bible teaches that God can awaken the dead as if from sleep and give them life again. (Job 14:13-15) For those whom God resurrects, death is not the end of everything.
We can find much comfort in knowing that our loved ones who have passed away are not suffering or floating mysteriously in the afterlife, but yet are "sleep" awaiting the day that God resurrects us to a perfect paradise earth. You WILL be able to see your spouse again! Reflecting on this is what gives you hope.
If you would like more questions answers regarding death or other Bible-related questions, visit JW.org, under the "Bible Questions Answered" tab to get the answers to the questions on your heart.
I'm doing better then I was months ago but I'm still lonely and sad at times I have 2 jobs and my son to distract me from time to time and if it wasn't for my best friend I'd serious be lost she kind of pulls me back down to earth so to speak. I've been seeing a therapist just to clear my head and I've joined a grief counseling group that starts in a few weeks really excited about that. My son is doing well and when we get to the question of dada I just tell him he always with us and always watching. when you as him where he is he will point up to the sky and clouds because said he's up there making pretty colors and shapes in the clouds for us. I really didn't know how to explain so he would know but I think I did Ok with that part. I just taking it one day at a time and seeing what happens.
Hi Stacey, Oh my gosh, I thought I had it bad, I can't imagine what you are going through. I'm so sorry. I would have really lost it if my husband was that young. You inspire me.
Hi Carrie my name is Stacey and I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband 11 months ago in 3 days I also lost my husband to a heart attack I'm 28 now and he was 29 when he died our son was 16 months when he died and now he 27 months I also joined Bereaved Spouses on this site they are super nice and everyone is very helpful we are all at different stages. feel free to join that group and you can also talk to me when you need too.
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