For those who have lost a loved one and the grief remains long after

March 28, 2013

“On Grief” by Jana Reiss
Jana Riess, a columnist for Religion News Service, talks about missing her mother, who died in January. The death of a loved one can make it seem as though the whole world has stopped and nothing can ever be the same.  One surprise is that ordinary life goes on. “And that feels like such a betrayal.” Jana Riess says. “Mom should be here. I should be able to call her, to see her, to chat about what we’re reading, to make plans for the future.”   As we think about death and resurrection as Easter approaches and celebrate the joy and hope that is ours because Christ has removed the sting of death and robbed the grave of its victory, it helps to realize that experiencing the pain of grief is nevertheless a part of being human. Read one insight that Ms. Riess found helpful, and see the comments she received as well.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.