Grief, the sense of suffering that accompanies loss, is a common part of mortality as we lose loved ones or experience other tragedies. Because Jesus Christ has suffered the pains and afflictions of all mankind, we can be comforted and healed as we pray to the Father in His name and rely upon His Atonement.
While serving as Presiding Bishop of the Church, Elder Merrill J. Bateman taught:
“Just as the lame man at the pool of Bethesda needed someone stronger than himself to be healed (see John 5:1–9), so we are dependent on the miracles of Christ’s atonement if our souls are to be made whole from grief, sorrow, and sin. If grieving parents and loved ones have faith in the Savior and his plan, death’s sting is softened as Jesus bears the believers’ grief and comforts them through the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, broken hearts are mended and peace replaces anxiety and sorrow. … As Isaiah stated concerning the Savior, ‘Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: … And with his stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:4–5).
“The prophet Alma also spoke of Christ’s healing power as he taught the Gideonites. Referring to Christ, Alma stated that he would go forth ‘suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. … And he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, … that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people’ (Alma 7:11–12). Whatever the source of pain, Jesus understands and can heal the spirit as well as the body” (“The Power to Heal from Within,” Ensign or Liahona, May 1995, 13–14).
“Finding Solace after the Loss of a Loved One,” ComeUntoChrist.org
“Dealing with Depression,” ComeUntoChrist.org
“Uncharted Waters: Finding Comfort and Peace when Life Is Less Than Ideal,” ComeUntoChrist.org
“The Last Winter,” Jesus the Christ, chapter 28
“I lost a dear friend recently. How do I deal with the grief?” New Era, February 2015
Connie Goulding, “Seeking Rescue,” Ensign, June 2015
Steven Eastmond, “The Healing Power of Grief,” Ensign, January 2014
Ashley Isaacson Woolley, “The Refining Fire of Grief,” Ensign, February 2013
Stephen Havertz, “Lifting the Hands Which Hang Down,” Ensign, February 2013
“Working through Grief,” Ensign, March 2006
Catharine Rasband, “Working through My Grief,” Ensign, January 2003
Janna Nielsen, “Carrying On,” New Era, October 1997
Kristen Weaver, “Where to Look,” New Era, February 1997
“Viewpoint: Enjoy and Endure Seasons of Life,” Church News
“In Christ Shall All Be Made Alive,” Newsroom
“What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” Newsroom
“Loss of A Loved One—Part 1,” Gospel Solutions for Families, episode 25
“Loss of A Loved One—Part 2,” Gospel Solutions for Families, episode 26
“Tragedy to Triumph—Vickie Walker,” Enduring It Well, episode 36
“Brokenhearted Loss of a Sibling—The Ludlows,” Enduring It Well, episode 11