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Being in a State of Shock

Published on 6/11/2019
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God has made us so that we can somehow bear pain and sorrow and even tragedy.  However, when the sorrow is overwhelming, we are sometimes temporarily anesthetized in response to a tragic experience.  We are grateful for this temporary anesthesia, for it keeps from having to face grim reality all at once.  This shock stage - or perhaps it should be called a countershock, may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to a few days.  If it goes on for some weeks, it probably is unhealthy grief and professional help should be sought.

But do not be afraid of the shock that often comes in the early stages of grief.  Sometimes at the funeral home, we see the sorrowing wife and find that she is almost radiant as she greets those who have come to offer their sympathy.  People say, "What serene faith she has!"  We tend to equate faith with a stoical attitude, not with tears.  Yet the truth of the matter may well be that this woman is experiencing temporary anesthesia which is helping her along until she is ready to move on to the next stage of grief.

The minister, upon seeing this woman in what at least appears to be shock, will arrange to visit her after the funeral, knowing that one day soon this strong exterior may break down and he will have to help her face her true self.  In fact, in some cases, he may even encourage her to break down and express openly the strong emotions she was not able to admit earlier.


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