God's natural & supernatural gifts to the bereaved and suffering.
God has provided so many gifts for us to help us as we navigate this journey through grief and suffering. Some of them occur naturally (green) and some of them are given to us supernaturally (super-green). I do believe that the super-green gifts are the most important. They enable the green gifts to work more effectively. The green gifts alone might not be sufficient to provide the healing and peace that we need.
Before you read these potential remedies, be wary of a misplaced sense of guilt. Many people feel guilty if they experience any type of relief from sadness or any feeling of happiness or even joy after a person they love has died. Your loved one that has died will not be upset if you find relief. They will not think that you must not have loved them very much if you aren't sad all of the time. As a matter of fact, I believe that if you do experience any relief of joy, it is because they are begging God for this for you. You are honoring their prayers if you open yourself up to God's help in any of these ways.
Some of GOD'S GREEN GIFTS
1. THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS
I am so grateful for the love and support that we received in our darkest hour! The many people that reached out to us were truly the hands and feet of Christ carrying us when we couldn't carry ourselves. To me this was by far the most important of the "Green Gifts," especially in the immediate aftermath of Brett's death. The prayers, meals, phone calls, texts, flowers, gifts, cards and letters, tears shed with us, time spent with us, etc. touched our hearts so deeply and left an indelible mark. Below are some of those people:
Every time we look at our pet with love our body reacts positively by producing chemicals that lift our spirits. When you do this many times throughout the day, it is a great natural help for our sadness.
"We animal lovers have long known that, no matter what life may bring — sickness, sadness, or radiant health — pets make us feel better. Numerous studies have documented astonishingly wide-ranging effects. Cat owners enjoy a 30 percent reduction in heart attack risk. Watching swimming fish lowers blood pressure. Stroking a dog boosts the immune system. Now researchers can explain the source of our companion animals’ healing powers: Our pets profoundly change the biochemistry of our brains."
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"Your dog offers unconditional love, companionship, and lots of fun. You have no doubt felt the joy of being greeted with a wagging tail, doggy kisses, and a loving nuzzle. The pleasure experienced with such a welcome definitely lifts your spirits. It also changes your body chemistry and greatly benefits your emotional and physical health by increasing your feel good hormones, serotonin and oxycotin."
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Here is my little serotonin lifter - Teddy Thomas. He has been such a blessing to me. Every time I look at him I can feel my heart lift. I thank God for him every day!
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. Read more here