When we are in the shadow of God, we are hidden in His strength. There is an old saying that there is none so strong as the weakest person who depends totally on Jesus Christ. So, when you and I are at our weakest, we are really at our strongest in God. Make sense? It makes God sense. 
Psalm 91:4 
“His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.”
What does that Scripture mean? It means that God’s  strong arms are wrapped around you and keeping you safe. You are strong and safe because He is your strength and your shield…Your everpresent help in time of trouble. He is shielding you from harm. 
Life happens. We live, and we eventually die. It is something we all have to face. It is not easy losing someone that we love dearly. Someone that has been there our whole lifetime… 
Things will never be the same. You will not see this dear loved one again this side of Heaven. We do know that we will see our loved ones again because we have faith in Jesus. Praise God for that! 
So, how do we cope? We take life one day at a time, one hour at a time, and maybe even one minute at a time. We do not have to do it in our own strength. 
In fact, we don’t need to be strong. We need to take time to grieve. We grieve because we miss them. We know that they are in a far better place. They are reunited with loved ones that went ahead of them. 
We have to realize that we will have a new normal. Things will be different. We have to deal with this great sadness in our own way. 
However, like I said, we don’t have to do it alone. We can depend on God to carry us through. 
I truly don’t see how folks deal with the death of a loved one without God in the equation. I personally don’t think that I could. 
You depend on the prayers of others. So know that others are praying for you, and don’t be afraid to ask for others to pray. God listens to the prayers of His people. 
Psalm 23 is a favorite chapter in the Bible. If you look there you will see that when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death God is with us. Who? God is with us. God is there to comfort us and sustain us. 
God protects, guides, and supports us by walking with us every step of the way. 
In the last hours of our loved one’s life, God was with them. They had His comfort, His peace, His mercy, His grace, and His love. 
When we give our lives to Jesus, we are made members of the family of God, and our future is secure in Him. Because God has promised us eternal life with Him, we are given hope in our future. Our loved ones got the ultimate healing when they went to Heaven. They have no health issues.  They are free and healthy and well, and they are celebrating with Him and others up there. 
They would not want to come back here, but they would not want you to not be sad. We need to remember that in the days ahead when we feel overwhelmed by grief and sadness.
Psalm 23:4-5 “Lord, even when Your path takes me through deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your loves takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely for you are near.”
Christi, my step-daughter,  told me these words, and I want to share them with you today. “We all have to come to terms with the end of our life cycle. But it is not true death. Just death to the body. Whomever goes first is not dead, but very much alive and well. It is our human self that mourns for not seeing them on Earth, but if we really think about it, it should be excitement. They are on the most awesome vacation, waiting for us to show up too. Once we survive the death of loved ones, we won’t have to ever do it again. We will eternally be together.” Now, how awesome is that?