By Murphy Toerner

I recently posted an article about grieving.  The ultimate goal of grieving is “acceptance.”  When one reaches the stage of acceptance in his or her grieving, they experience an overall sense of peace and rest.  The time taken to navigate through grief and loss is situation specific and person specific.  Everyone is unique, therefore, the way each person grieves is unique.

Some of my clients have misinterpreted “acceptance” as “lost hope,” but that interpretation is false.  Acceptance is not lost hope.  Acceptance actually leads to regained hope in God, divine salvation, and the assurance that, as Christians, death is not final.  Death is only as passing through stage to our resurrected life in heaven with Jesus.