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for a small booklet)
person in the world loses someone -
doesn't matter whether we are
or old -
a single person ever misses out -
or poor, unknown or famous -
fathers and children -
is able to avoid it -
some time or other -
we expect it or when we don't -
all lose someone we love.
why do people
booklet will help you understand.
soon as we are born we begin to die. Ageing and death are part of living and
growing. The process begins in our mother's womb, and continues for about 75
years, if we live about the average number of years, until finally our body
stops working . . .
you ever wondered why we die?
where did death come from?
find the answers to these very important questions, we have to go to the Bible.
the Bible, in the first few chapters, we read that God created this world beautiful
and full of life.
on to this beautiful world God created living things - animals, plants, fish,
dinosaurs and birds. When everything was ready, God also made two human
a while, the first humans were obedient to God, and so God kept them
alive, and He was going to keep them alive for ever - but one day they disobeyed
had already warned them that if they disobeyed Him they would begin to
grow old and die, but they went ahead anyway . . . so the punishment came to
them, and then it spread to the whole world.
is why people, and animals, and plants, and fish, and everything grows old and
dies. We have all inherited the punishment which the first humans were given.
death is the consequence of everyone's disobedience, as well as Adam and Eve's,
because nobody obeys God with all their heart - not even the verybest
YOU CAN FEEL SAD
why people die doesn't stop us from feeling sad when they do die.
OK to feel sad.
OK to cry.
OK to go somewhere and shut the world out for a while.
is all part of normal grief, and its real, and most people feel the same way
when it happens.
after a while the sadness goes away and you can smile again.
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
someone we love dies, people can feel all sorts of things. Here are some of the
things they feel :
feelings are all normal.
has them -
people and young people,
people and not so famous people.
these feelings are part of being real.
THINGS SAD PEOPLE
TO KNOW :
It is normal to feel sad.
It is normal to want to cry, so cry.
It is normal to feel confused, or weird, or down, or up, or stupid.
It is normal to think that you are the only one who is feeling sad.
Other people will be turned off by your sadness but that's OK - they
can't help it. They may feel unable to help you.
Eventually you will feel happy again. Your sadness won't last
for ever - unless you want it to.
Some people get over their sadness quickly, and some people take a long
our world, it is hard to find someone who really cares about us - who is
willing to talk about the hard-to-say things.
you have a friend who loves you in spite of your sadness, you have the best
friend in the world.
does God fit in to all this?
getting back to the Bible, we read that, at the beginning, God wanted people to
live for ever, and to be happy, but they messed everything up. Death
was their fault, not God's fault. He never wanted death to happen to
you read the Bible a bit more, you will come to four little books, called
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four books tell the same story, about a man
called Jesus Christ, who came from heaven, and who spent his life helping
healed the sick, and gave sight to the blind and he even made dead people come
back to life!
at the end of his work, when he was about 30 years old, Jesus died on a cross.
Bible says he gave his life as a sacrifice for our disobedience. Because
the first humans, and all their children, (including you and me) disobeyed God,
they all had to die, but Jesus died for everyone, so that means he must
have died for you and me too.
days after Jesus died, he came back to life.
that he went back to heaven, and sat on the throne beside his Father. Jesus is
the Son of God.
day Jesus will come back to this earth again, and on that day all the people who
have died will come back to life, because he will command them to.
will be the happiest day this world has ever seen, for all the people who have
loved Jesus, and died, will come back to life again. They will be with him in
his happy kingdom for ever!
Ever better, they will never be sad again - ever.
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