Grief is part of the human condition. The Bible tells us that even Jesus, the man, wept and grieved for those he loved and for the things he knew he would have to face. For seniors, grief is usually not a foreign concept. A long life often means experiencing loss along the way, including loss of friends and loved ones or your own career, lifestyle or independence.
But growing old doesn't mean growing sad, and in the vibrant community at Terra Haute, you can find new friends, interests and a different type of independence and lifestyle. These things aren't meant to replace the things that came before, but to add onto them as a new chapter in a full life.
Consider what the Bible teaches us about grief and how you might apply it as a resident of an assisted living community such as Bethesda Gardens.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
God is near and always ready to provide comfort through his Spirit and his Word. Whether you're a long-time Christian or just turning to God for the first time, he loves you and wants to provide you with a peace that passes understanding as you deal with any grief or troubles in your life.
One way God provides this type of comfort and shows us he is near is often to send us fellowship and support. Residents at Bethesda Gardens assisted living community get this type of support on a daily basis from caring, compassionate staff, but they can also find it in the community around them where like-minded seniors are also living.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
If it seems like the apostle Paul is a bit repetitive in these verses, perhaps it's for a reason and we should take a closer look. He's pretty clear here that God provides us mercy and comfort, but also that we are to provide it to others. As you move into your assisted living apartment and become comfortable with the community, reach out to others to find companionship and friendship. You may find this a comfort to yourself, but you'll also be comforting others who are in equal need of support.
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Finally, remember that whether you're dealing with an immediate season of grief or moving on with life to find your next adventure, it's okay to be weary or tired at times. Know that God is waiting for you to come to him at those times so that he can provide rest. In fact, as you enjoy your time at Bethesda Gardens, don't be afraid to give up some traditional stresses and allow others to take care of things such as cleaning, preparing meals or planning social events. While you're always welcome to host your own gatherings and remain as independent as possible, we also hope you'll allow us to care for you so you can get the most out of retirement.