Not relating to Amber's backstory, I went in search of some facts. Quickly trolling the search engines brought up an old blog (circa 2007) about the top 10 reasons teens run away. Number ten on the blog was indeed loss of a loved one. The facts came from an Australian organization, Rebeccas Community, but are probably representative of teens in most countries.
As Christians, we should be more in-tune with those around us. Between work, family, and social obligations, we all have busy lives. In ministry training, we learned that people feel most alone a month or two after the death of a loved one. In the first few weeks, the helpful are bringing covered dishes and offering condolences. After that, the grieving family members are often left alone. We are supposed to be the hands and feet of God. It is important that we are there to offer support and walk along with the suffering. If more Christians truly acted as the body of God, communities would be changed. We could prevent many instances of abuse and neglect in families.
For more information on grief counseling, look for a Stephen Minister or GriefShare group in your area.
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