When Faith Grief Masquerades as "Losing the Spirit"

As a former hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor, I’m well-acquainted with the downcast, bewildered look in the faces of those who have lost a loved one. Their brows are often constantly knit, their eyes dull, and the corners of their mouths pointed toward their chins. They are at sea and adrift, and they often describe themselves as feeling disoriented or “crazy.” This is grief. Grievers might look as though they have lost a certain light -- “the Spirit” -- but they have not. They’re inside a natural process that leaves physical insignia on the body. Over time, many grievers put their experience to remarkable use and become more dimensional and more empathic human beings. The lowered

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