We’re in a Season Of Grief. How Do I Stay Close To My Spouse?

Navigating a season of grief together is one of the most challenging things you’ll do as a couple. These seasons will come and go throughout your lifetime, and it’s important to decide how you want to handle them as a team. While things in life rarely play out the way we think they should, having a plan for sticking together during difficult times could help you to stay close.

Grief can bring us closer together or drive us apart. During seasons of profound grief, it can impact the way we experience the world. Whether you’re both grieving or one of you is supporting the other through loss, it’s important to know some ways you can lend support to each other.

Let’s talk about a few important things to keep in mind when you’re grieving, and how you can love and comfort your spouse during times of deep sadness.

We Can’t Choose How We Experience Grief

First, it’s important to realize that none of us can choose or anticipate how we’re going to experience grief. We won’t know how it’s going to feel for us until it happens, and it’s impossible to manage. Grief is as tangible as a physical injury and can hurt just like physical pain.

When we grieve, the emotions wash over us without warning, no matter what else is happening at the moment. Each person experiences grief in a different way, too, which makes it more challenging to navigate grief as a couple. Your spouse won’t experience grief in the same ways and at the same times as you do.

If you’re grieving together, you’ll need to check in with each other regularly. Ask what your spouse needs each day. Ask each other what you’re experiencing. Because grief is such a personal experience, you’ll need to communicate well so that you can learn how to best support one another.

Invite your spouse into your experience. Grief can feel very private, and for many people, it’s hard (or even embarrassing) to let someone else see it–even your spouse. Still, letting them truly see how you experience this part of life could bring you closer.

Turn to One Another for Comfort First

When you’re grieving, turn to each other for comfort. If possible, go to your spouse first. Part of partnership is sharing grief, joy, compassion, and all the ups and downs of life.

When you experience a physical injury or illness, it’s comforting to have someone to walk beside you and hold your hand. The same is true for loss. Grief doesn’t sting so much when you have someone by your side.

Be that comfort for each other first. Show one another love in whatever way you can from one day to the next. Just being present can give both of you so much peace and relief during this difficult time.

Get Outside Support If You Need It

If one or both of you are finding it difficult to navigate this season, seek outside support. Working with a counselor, licensed therapist, trusted pastor, or even your marriage mentors could help you both work your way through this season of grieving. Sometimes, a little additional help makes all the difference.

Opening up to someone you both trust can help you gain much-needed perspective on what you’re going through right now. Mentors and friends who are older than you will have more life experience they can draw from. They have gone through grief together themselves, and can share their experiences.

Looking for guidance in navigating a season of grief together?

When life’s storms arise, loving like Jesus can see us through. And if you and your spouse are living through one of those storms right now, you can provide so much comfort and support simply by loving like Christ did. Les’ book, Love Like That, will guide you through the nuances of Jesus’ love and show you how to embody that yourself. You can find your copy here.

Have you and your spouse navigated a season of grief together? How did you work through it as a team? Leave us a comment below and share your stories.

One Comment

  • Gale says:

    We were made aware of an online marriage conference you are a part of for $79. It has many different speakers & one can access it for a whole year. Great idea!
    I was immediately interested in purchasing it, plus another one for a gift, but it seems that the only way to pay for it was PayPal.
    We don’t have PayPal,
    and we do not care to get it.
    This one barrier may have prevented many people from purchasing it. Are there any options that can be offered?
    Grateful for his grace,

Leave a Reply