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After the loss of five relatives...

From the August 1995 issue of The Christian Science Journal

After the loss of five relatives in the space of six years, I was sorely in need of rocklike spiritual truths to help me. I cried a great deal, and it was very difficult to surmount the great sorrow I felt, particularly after the loss of a son.

A few years later, when I lost four additional family members in just over a year, I found that the grief was beginning to take a toll on my health. I realized that sorrow and grief were "luxuries" I could no longer afford.

I began to take a 360-degree turn from feeling the deepest grief to expressing all the spiritual joy I could possibly muster. This came about solely through prayer.