When we encounter adversity because of the death of a loved one, our natural inclination is to panic, surrender or retreat. But the best thing is to just face it head-on because this not the time to be timid.
For those of us that hang in there, our strength of character will grow. Perseverance is critical to achieving peace and healing our pain.
Each time we get up after we are knocked down, we are exercising perseverance, a strength that will serve us well throughout our lives. You will develop qualities of patience, strength, courage, kindness, humility and faith.
But just as important as all those qualities are, you become more valuable to others when they experience the same adversity that you have overcome.
You are equipped to help others through grief because you have already gone through it.