GRIEVING WITH THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING


Blessed are those who mourn (οἱ πενθοῦντες), for they shall be comforted.” (Mt 5: 4)

It is necessary to mourn, when one has suffered loss. But also – when someone else has suffered loss. I am called to mourn with them, rather than distance myself, because “I don’t know what to say.” This kind of distancing myself from another’s pain is self-centered, focused on my fear of “performing” inadequately in the face of someone else’s tragedy, - while it’s not about “me.” I just need to be there, mourning with the mourning, who also “don’t know what to say.”

Today I’m thinking about this because a good friend of mine, the wife of a priest, just lost her 21-year-old son. He was trying to fix an air-conditioner and fell out the window to his death. There is nothing to say. But there is much mourning to be done, together. This must be done, together, and it shall bring blessing and comfort to all of us, together, according to the promise of our living and life-giving Lord: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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