Let's face it, the loss of a loved one is incredibly hard. In today's show, my guest is sharing his journey throughg loss and how to cope with grief as you pick up the pieces in your life.
Grief is a journey that often feels like an uphill battle; where each step forward is accompanied by the weight of your loss.
If you’ve lost someone you love and feel like healing and comfort will never come, then you’re in the right place, my friend.
In this episode, I sit down with Jason Clawson from Hope Kit, who shares his transformative story of finding purpose in the midst of his darkest moments.
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The first Step IN HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF
Jason starts our conversation by sharing his story and diving into the challenging process of unmasking grief.
We often wear these stoic masks, pretending we’re okay, even when the world feels like it’s crumbling around us. But as Jason shares, removing these masks is the first step towards genuine healing.
“We live in a society that often expects us to put on a brave face, even when we’re hurting inside,” Jason shares. “But the truth is, acknowledging our vulnerability is a powerful act of courage. It’s okay not to be okay.”
A Hard Journey Through Grief: Facing the Raw Realities
Grief isn’t a straight path, and Jason’s story reflects the raw realities of this difficult journey.
He bravely opens up about the harsh experiences that shaped his grief and gives us a reminder that grief is messy, emotional, and different for everyone.
Jason shares that facing the pain head-on is crucial. He explains that it’s not about getting over our great losses; rather it’s about getting through them.
And sometimes, that means letting yourself feel the intensity of the pain.
How Faith in God Can Help in GRIEF
Amidst the heartache, Jason found solace in allowing God to teach him in the moment.
He shares the importance of God’s guidance and describes his unexpected moments of clarity, and the power of trusting God throughout his grieving.
In the darkest moments, we must remember that God is still with us — even when we can’t feel him.
And as difficult as it is, opening our hearts to what God is teaching us in those moments will bring the comfort we’re desperately seeking while learning how to cope with grief.
HOW TO COPE WITH GRIEF: Embracing change
Change is an inevitable part of the grieving journey, and Jason’s story shows us the profound transformations that can occur when we learn to embrace it.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. Jason doesn’t say it’s easy.
But he reflects on the shifts that happened during his grief, highlighting the resilience we all have in God’s strength.
Change can be incredibly difficult, but it’s often a catalyst for growth, as you’ll see in Jason’s grief story.
How Can I support someone who’s grieving
Jason shares with us how he started a healing team and how it saved him throughout the grieving process.
He emphasizes the importance of forming healing teams—supportive communities that play a vital role in the recovery process.
Together, a healing team can share the weight of the everyday tasks, giving the person grieving a much-needed break while they heal.
FINDING PURPOSE IN THE PAIN
One of the most important things we can do in the midst of our suffering is to focus on serving others.
And in a heartwarming turn, Jason introduces us to Hope Kit—a beautiful box filled with thoughtful gifts for those navigating grief.
“The idea of Hope Kits was born out of a desire to spread hope, and involving the kids in this mission has been incredible. They’ve embraced it wholeheartedly, making it their mission too.”Jason Clawson
Thoughtful Gifts for COPING WITH Grief
How to COPE WITH GRIEF AND LOSS
In this episode, Jason’s story serves as a powerful testament to our resilience.
- unmasking grief
- facing its raw realities
- allowing faith to guide him
- embracing change
- spreading hope
…Jason found a path to healing.
As you navigate your own journey through grief, my prayer is that Jason’s story will inspire you to “take off the mask,” find strength in vulnerability, and discover hope in unexpected places.
Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. God is with you through it all.
Practical Tips: how to cope with grief
As our conversation draws to a close, Jason leaves us with practical tips for finding hope in the midst of grief.
He emphasizes the transformative power of collective healing, offering a roadmap for anyone navigating their unique path through grief.
As Jason teaches us, finding hope isn’t about forgetting the pain. It’s about learning to live with it and, eventually, allowing it to coexist with joy.
- 00:00 Introduction
- 04:10 Learned to take off our stoic masks
- 14:04 A hard journey through grief
- 27:25 How to open your heart and allow God to teach you in the moment
- 33:50 When change comes
- 45:15 Healing and restoration after grief
- 52:08 What are Hope Kits
- 59:50 One last piece of advice for healing
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