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By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 13 Mar 2017

In Reference to: Matthew 5:4 Grief

Dear Marni:

This is good advice, but there are other ways of overcoming grief with God.

We are in a constant state of mourning because of all the violence and indifference to suffering that we see in the world, particularly when it is directed toward animals and the humans who care about them.

We believe that this mourning is a major factor in our volunteering efforts to help free creation from its present corruption, and we sense that it also motivates what you are doing. God seems to use our mourning in these positive ways.

We also used to add something humorous about the deceased when we did a funeral service, and it would get even the mourners to smile and laugh a little. It was a way to let them see that their remembrance of the loved one, whether human or a companion animal can always bring joy to their heart, and help the healing process.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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