Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the over fraught heart, and bids it break. (Shakespeare, Macbeth)

Often in times of great sorrow, we are reluctant to grieve. We want to keep our composure and not let our emotions show. Failure to be open with our sorrow, however, can often lead to emotional problems. Let your close friends share in your grief; it will draw you closer to one another, and it will lighten the burden. Best of all, take your sorrows and burdens to the Lord.

He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. . . he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair (Isaiah 61:2-3).