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Day 174 - Grief Can Cause Family Conflicts

Grief puts an awful strain on families, often leading to family conflicts. What conflicts have you and your family experienced as a result of your loss? Emotions are running high, and the last thing you want to deal with is further strife.

Annie, whose father died, says, “It was so hard after he died because of the conflict within my family over settling the estate. We had so many differences of opinion. It was very heartbreaking. I never thought that my loved ones would react like they did. Now I look back, and I realize that they also were grieving. Once we were past settling the property, getting the property sold and everything divided, now gradually we’re getting back together. Money can really cause problems in a family.”

Understand that each person in your family is grieving in his or her own way, and before you make important family decisions, pray together for God’s wisdom and guidance. Do not be afraid of ridicule or rejection from your family members for recommending prayer—prayer is powerful, and you are wise to suggest it.

“It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3).

Savior God, I pray that everyone in my family can come to an agreement about what is best to do. Give each of us a peace and a feeling of confirmation that our decision is the right one. Amen.