As we are making our way through the coronavirus pandemic, it is completely understandable that some (if not all) of us are experiencing varying degrees of grief. Loss of loved ones. Loss of health. Loss of job. Loss of mobility and self determination. As you look around, signs of people going through the grief cycle are everywhere. What can be done?

We’re so glad you’ve found Anticipating AT1. To keep our hope alive that one day we will be back together again, we are providing virtual meetings, with a new edition every Friday. Anticipating AT1 is 10-15 minutes long, and can be viewed at any time. We hope it prompts personal reflection, and is a discussion catalyst with your family and friends as you talk with them in the safe ways you connect during these unusual times.

Stefani Leeper introduces this week’s edition of Anticipating AT1. Our message of comfort is presented by Don Veverka. Jammie Karlman brings us Adventist trending news. And stay by to listen to beautiful music by Rich DuBose.

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you lost a loved one recently? Maybe a pet? Possibly a job? Or maybe you’ve been spending too much time by yourself during the pandemic. What are you grieving? Are you finding support?

2. When you see a response from someone else that puzzles you, have you ever considered it may be grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) experienced by that person that may have little to do with the circumstances at hand?

3. In a time of unrest, grievances abound. In the face of injustice, grief is an appropriate response. But grief can also be blinding. How can we handle our grievances and our grief so that we peacefully reach a place of mutual understanding, without descending into the chaos of finger-pointing and struggles to prove who’s right?

Be well, and love well.