Grieving a loved one


This week marks one year since Queen Elizabeth II’s death and I was moved by a public statement King Charles had made remembering his mother.

The anniversary of the death of a loved one is never easy for the family and friends of the deceased. The world moves on and adjusts, while those close to the person who has died are left still struggling with their grief, struggling to carry on as normal.

Sarah Dessen, an American novelist, once said “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human”. We should not be afraid to mourn the deaths of those closest to us. But at the same time, there is hope for all those who grieve.

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, we have been given hope that there will be a time when mourning will cease. A time when there will be no more death and no more tears. A time when we will be re-united with those we have lost. 

It is important that we make time for grief, but let us remember that Jesus has the final word:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 ESV)

Warm regards,


About the Writer:
Gavin Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for GCI in the UK and Ireland.