About

Thank you so much for visiting the official Grief Bites blog!

My name is Kim and I am a wife (of 25 years), mom, author, freelance writer, inspirational speaker, and the co-founder of Grief Bites. I am also a coffee lover, a tae kwon do, martial arts & UFC enthusiast (currently training to get my 2nd degree black belt), and I love to travel.

I hope you are encouraged as you read all of the Grief Bites posts on this blog.

Grief Bites is a place where you can grab a cup of coffee or tea and read thoughts on grief, hardships, family, faith, music, health, travel, & life.

Anyone who has been through grief, or has enriched their faith, knows what defining moments in life grief, faith, & hardships can be.

Going through the deaths of my dad, sister, grandparents, and boyfriend, as well as other family members and friends, has taught me many life lessons. Going through my son having tumors, my own illness, and other hardships, has also taught me valuable lessons in life.

Hoping this blog is a source of encouragement, joy, healing, and vibrancy to all who read it! 😀

If you would like to sign up for my FREE Bible Reading Plans on grief & loss from YouVersion, please click the links on this page.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Getting Your Breath Back After Life Knocks It Out of You, there is a link to do so on this page, too.

Blessings, Encouragement, & Gratitude to all!

~Kim

Grief Bites

*All content on the Grief Bites blog and website is copyright protected material. Please ask for permission to copy, use, share, or print.

**All content on the Grief Bites blog and website is for encouragement purposes only and is not in any way to be construed as medical, emotional, mental, or psychological advice. We hope to serve as a bridge to help and encourage others by sharing our personal experiences we have gone through with our own personal grief. Please contact a qualified healthcare professional, mental health professional, or pastor for guidance and advice.**

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  1. I expext the reading plan to be a real blessing.i lost my job in January and am trying to suppt myself with freelance writing .

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    • Kim, I found your reading plan on YouVersion. I can’t describe in words what a blessing it has been to me and how much it has encouraged me to find strength and hope in Bible reading and prayer. Thank you for your writing. May God continue to bless you richly despite life’s challenges.

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  2. I am working my way through the Grief Bites devotional reading plan and I am liking it! I see this as a very good resource both as a pastor and as a police and fire chaplain. How can I get this in printed form?

    Thank you. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Pastor Barnett! I am glad you are finding it helpful!
      I contacted YouVersion and they said it is best viewed on the app.
      You can copy and paste it, then print it, as long as you have “©2014 K. Niles, B. Bressman, K. Horn, YouVersion Bible Reading Plan-Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief” printed at the bottom or top of each page.
      If you are printing the Grief Bites: Finding Treasure in Hardships bible study, then you would want to add “©2014 Kim Niles,YouVersion Bible Reading Plan-Grief Bites: Finding Treasure in Hardships” printed at the top or bottom of each page.
      A new Bible Reading Plan will be out in 2-3 weeks that you may find helpful too. It will be called, “Grief Bites: Doubt Revealed”.
      Praying God richly blesses your ministry!
      Thank you for serving and ministering to others!

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  3. My husband has recently had an affair that’s really rocked my faith and whole life. As I try to pick up the pieces of my life, our marriage, and lean on God, I found the Grief Bites on Youversion and it’s blessed me tremendously! I am on day 4 where it mentions specifically on my situation! Thanks so much! I hope many people find “treasures during their hardships!”

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    • I am really sorry to hear about the valley you are walking through. I really like a website that a friend of mine told me about ( http://www.charlyne.org ). There is a lot of information that you may find helpful.
      Praying for healing for your broken heart! May God hug you tightly on your toughest days!

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  4. My dad died in March and best friend end April I been so upset with god I trying to coupe with it hard losing my friend was the hardest. I don’t want see any family members

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  5. I signed up for the 45 day devotional on grief and have days that are not being emailed to me. Are these devotionals available in a book? I don’t want to miss any. They’ve been very helpful since I just lost my 23 year old daughter. Thank you.

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  6. Today I finished Grief Bites-45 days. I cried. Every devotional I read not oonly hit home but brought a Peace and a better understanding of Gods Love for me. In 2009 I lost my dad and since then it has been like living in a prison of regreat. I know my dad loved me but rarely did we reallly talk. For the nearly 7 years I (and our family) having been living in the house where we took care of him. For years I have felt God has laid a calling on my heart to go to Maine but I have been afraid and afraid to let go of the past. After finishing your devotional on June 7 or 8 God showed me that staying here and not going, because of my dads death was like a pentence for all the regreat, makeing this house a prison. With what I have learned and God has shown me our family is stepping out in faith and moving this year. :)Thank you for making this devotional there are not enough words to say what a Huge Blessing and Help they have been to me. May God Richly Bless You. Thank you again.

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    • I am so very sorry to hear about your dad.
      I am very thankful for your kind words and so very thankful that God released you from the pit of regrets! That is fantastic news!
      Good luck in Maine!
      May God richly bless you too! 🙂

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  7. Thank you for including your devotional on youversion. There have been many gems contained within the devotional messages & the reference scriptures which have strengthened my resolve to live & love life again after loss.
    Blessings, thanks & love for sharing all that God has given you.

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  8. I am reading grief bites finding treasure and I just want to express how much this has helped and impacted me. My husband has been diagnosed with an Alzheimer’s type condition which has left us in a tail spin. My family has in the past 2 years turned their back on me. I have lost my church family. In essence I have lost almost everything. God is teaching me so much through this time of grieving. He is using your devotions for that as well. I just wanted to say thank you.

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    • Debra, I feel the same way, but God is teaching me to forgive, love, and trust Him more. Man can’t help but fail you, but God won’t!

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    • I am truly sorry to hear about your husband, family, and church family! I imagine you have felt very defeated and alone. 😦
      It is very heartbreaking to feel as though all is lost. That is a very painful place to be.
      God is so good to put back together our lives when we truly give Him all the shattered pieces.
      Please hang in there! I encourage you to pour your heart out to Him and never give up. Hang on during the toughest days.
      You are very welcome for the reading plans. I am very grateful they spoke to your heart!

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  9. I too am working through the youversion devotional and have found it very satisfying. Many, if not all, of the situations resonate with me and I alternate between feeling peace and understanding and gratitude for your devotional 🙂 Thank you so much for writing it and for letting God minister to us through you!

    p.s. I don’t Facebook and can’t see how to contact you privately to offer my help in editing your devo of typos, etc. Think of it as my gift back to you. If you’re interested, you can email me at iluv4dogs@aol.com. God bless!

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    • Hi Alexandra,
      You are so very welcome for the reading plans! It was my gift back to God for helping me through my darkest days! 🙂
      Thank you so very much for the offer! May God richly bless you too!!

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  10. You have now idea how your reading plans have sustained me and kept me through my storm. It’s not easy, but I thank God for his scripture and providing me with a word everyday, through you guys. Thank you for saving my life!

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    • Thank you so much for your sweet words! I am so very grateful that God is sustaining and encouraging you through His Word and the Grief Bites plan you are reading!
      You are so very valuable to God and I pray that He will use you to bless others with all you are learning through your storm. One day, you are going to be an absolute jewel to someone who will be going through a similar storm! Blessings to you!

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  11. My wife and are struggling with problems of mistrust and suspicion in our marriage.I. suspect that I am not the biological of our children because they dont resemble each other nor do they resemble me.My wife refuses to open up and talk honestly about this matter.Initially she was totally agaisnt doing DNA tests to find out the truth.Because of insecurity my parents ,my mother in particular have been uncomfortable pursuing this matter and they prefer that I keep quiet.This matter is tormenting me psychologically.We are an old couple and we have tried to persist but this issue hounds me.My Christian journey is hampered by this issue and I feel so discouraged.I love my wife and has never acted violently agaisnt her.I wish she could just open up and say the truth.Then we can both work towards the issue of forgiveness which with God is possible.I love these children so dearly,have invested in them, heavily both financially and emotionally but deep inside I feel empty, cheated,hopeless & miserable.I ask myself why God allowed such a situation to come into my life.I really need help God.

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    • Ken,
      I am sorry to hear about what all you are going through. What a blessing you are to your children to invest in them in every area! I would recommend making an appointment with your pastor or a skilled counselor who could help you and your wife through this tough situation.
      It is very hard to feel cheated, hopeless, empty, and miserable and to feel mistrust in a relationship. God is good and can truly heal your marriage and family.
      Seek God with all your heart and ask Him to intervene in your situation.
      He truly does care about you and every facet of your situation and your family.
      Praying for peace and comfort for you!

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    • You are very welcome! I am grateful God is using our plan to help encourage you!
      Yes, two of us have books!
      My book is Getting Your Breath Back After Life Has Knocked It Out of You (available through Barnes & Noble. You can also find the link on the lower right hand of this page) and Kelli has one coming out later this year.
      As soon as her book is available, I’ll be sure to post about it on here 🙂
      Have a blessed day!

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  12. Goodmorning, my family is not happy at all, juss now my father passed on and I feel so empty and I feel like siting by myself. No one understood and protected me like my Daddy. I am not workingand searching for a job and being at home I feel as if I am losing my mind.

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    • Brotta,
      I am sorry to hear about your dad! It is very hard to lose a dad, especially one who understood and protected you!
      I am praying right now for you, your family, and that God will provide you with a good job!

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  13. I lost my mom 16 months ago today very quick and unexpected and she was only 56. and my job 1 month ago. I have been really struggling with depression and defeat. I just finished day 20 and can I say Thank you. Sometimes I just look around and get so overwhelmed that everyone else life is going on even my husband and children but mine just stands still. Even though I am only half through with the devotional it has really helped open my eyes and start walking out in the world with every one else. Helping me lead me more into my faith and truly trusting God in everything thing

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    • I am very sorry to hear about your mom and your job! It can be very difficult to walk out into the world with remaining loved ones when your heart is breaking. Something my sister said to me after her fiancé passed away was, “The clock is still ticking so I keep on living…purposely. Even if it is just baby steps.” It took her a lot of baby steps to get to the point of fully living life again.
      I am grateful our bible reading plan is helping you. Take care and keep finding life again. It is painful but so worth it!

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  14. Hello, i came accross your devotional in grieve on the bible app. I have started following you on facebook and feel God has really led me to you.
    I was diagnosed with a terminal cancer and I am struggling to let go. I have 2 young kids and my husband is not. Christian and I am concerned that If I go they will not able to live they way I would have wanted. I dont want to leave my kids back and I am at a real moment of sadness and dispair.
    I really find comfort in blogs like this. Thanks

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    • Dear Carolina,
      I will be praying for you. I have seen young children losing either mother or father and they turned out great young people – I am convinced God guides and blesses them so much! I am also sure you will be able to continue to guide them. I have lost my 6 year old boy and recently started what I call : our little book of hope. I copy inspiring quotes from the bible and made it for our family for those who will be left as others leave. Perhaps you can make something like that they can hold on to… Prayers and hugs!

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      • KMar,
        Thank you so much for offering sweet encouragement to Carolina!
        I am so sorry to hear about your son! 😦
        I am grateful you shared your idea about the Book of Hope. What a great idea! I hope whoever reads about your idea will implement it.
        God bless you!

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    • Carolina,
      I am so sorry to hear you have terminal cancer! 😦
      My sister passed away from a short illness when her children were young. She was concerned about her kiddos just like you are. I want to encourage you to pour your heart out to God and share with Him your wishes, goals, and your heart’s desires for your children. Ask Him to hold your children and carry them in the palms of His hands throughout their lives. He cares so much for your little ones and has a sovereign plan for their lives and also has plans for your husband.
      Please look up Jeremiah 29:11. I also love Psalm 139 as it tells just how treasured we all are and how God knew about all the details of our lives before we even took one breath.
      I cannot even imagine the heartache you are experiencing…or the thoughts and concern you have for your children and husband.
      I love what KMar said about making a Book of Hope for your children. You could make your children a special box to hold the book, any photos or photo albums you would like to include, a letter, and any other special items or gifts. That would be incredibly special for them. I have a friend who passed away who had made home videos for each of her children. She gave the videos to a trusted family member to give to her children when they got older.
      I am lifting you, your children, and your husband up in prayer right now!
      I hope this blog and my Facebook page continue to be a source of encouragement for you.

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  15. Well I am not going through a loss. But I am troubled with sins that seem that I can’t get off my mind. No matter how much I ask God to forgive me. Feeling unworthy of God. Have a lot of doubts with my faith and God loves for me. Why I always have trouble in my life…..

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  16. LaWanda,
    I want to encourage you to read Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 139, and Psalm 103:1-22. God loves you so much and offers forgiveness! You are special and precious to Him. Never doubt that!
    Have a blessed week!

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    • Thanks so much!! I was praying and God sent this msg to my email. I was like wow God works quick. I needed this!! I can’t thank God enough for you and the website. Have A Bless Week As Well! !

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  17. Your YouVersion reading plan continues to touch our lives. My son was in a tragic motorcycle accident, Saturday 7/26. The story of how the officers found us through LifeChurch is nothing more than God at work. When we arrived at Medical Center, he was basically clinging to life. Due to the huge number of people he has touched, we could not keep up with all of the text messages, so we setup a facebook page to update his friends and family. My wife and I started the Grief Bites reading plan at our darkest hour. Today, we were catching up on a couple of days, and we read the most beautiful devotional I have ever read. I posted it on Keith’s update page because so many people were hurting. Thank you SO much and hope to meet you sometime very soon.

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  18. Ken,
    I am fervently praying for your son as well as you & your wife!
    I am very grateful that God is encouraging you through the Grief Bites devotional…God is so good to give us words of encouragement to help us through our darkest storms in life.
    Thank you for being an encouragement to others!

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  19. Hello my name is Jamillah. Last year 2013, I had a miscarriage. I was very hurt because I believe that even after the doctors gave me the report that my baby’s heart stop beating. Boldly I believed that the Lord was going to revive my baby. Sadly it didn’t turn out like that. I was very hurt. I still praised God and I put all my feelings away but bitterness grew every time I seen a pregnant women or a mother with her baby. I prayed about it and even shared my feelings with my women’s group at church. I thought I was free from seeing this problem again. Then I got pregnant again, my husband and I were so happy. August 24th I made it to be 2 months and on the August 27th I lost another baby . I broke down, I was completely crushed, I tried to believe that God didn’t love me. I asked “God why would You bring me through this again! Jesus only had to go on the cross once! Why do I have to go through this process again? ” My husband at that time was ministering to me about hoping in the Lord no matter what. After that it brought me to repentance. I prayed and asked God for help to hope and to trust in Him again. Then I went searching for devotionals to help me and I found Grief bites: doubts revealed. This devotional helped me so much it’s been 6 days since the miscarriage and I’m encourage. Today I believe that all things work together for Good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord!

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  20. Jamillah, I am so sorry to hear about the heartbreaking loss of your precious babies! I pray that God continues to encourage you and heal your heart! Praying also that God blesses you and your husband for being loyal to Him and loving Him through this devastating time in your lives!

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  21. Hello and may our Lord bless you!
    I am reading your Grief Bites plan on the YouVersion Bible app. There is one particular day of devotion that I read this morning that has riveted me. I am eager to discuss it so that I may have a fuller understanding of the concept. May I copy that day onto my blog for further exploration of grief as teacher and refiner? It is the day without Bible readings and has a list of character qualities and behaviors that define Christians who have been transformed by grief.

    Thank you so much for your consideration.

    Love in Christ,
    Cindy Kalbach

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    • Hi Cindy,
      Sure! Please just be sure to put “©2015 Grief Bites” after the post 🙂
      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
      Hope you have a great weekend!

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  22. Please be praying for my husband. His son from a previous relationship 34 years ago was murdered. My husband is an alcoholic and its just not a good situation. This is why Jesus had to die on the cross… so sad.

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  23. It’s Christmas Eve and I just finished your You Version 45 Grief Bites Devotional. It has really been a blessing this holiday season for my heart and soul. I lost my mother and sister, who I was very close to, within 7 weeks of each other 4 years ago. I was numb with grief for about a year until I took a grief seminar – that really helped me get over the hump and start to move forward in healing. The holidays are still very hard for me and reading your devotional each night has been a port in the storm. Sometimes they were the direct answer to my prayer for hope and answers. Thank you for sharing through your pain and being obedient to God’s call and purposes for your life. I am anticipating a very merry CHRISTmas tomorrow. May you be blessed as well.
    Deborah

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    • Deborah,
      Thank you so very much for letting me know how God used the reading plan in your life–especially around the holidays!
      I am truly sorry to hear about your mom and sister…especially how close their deaths were to each other.
      I hope you had a very blessed CHRISTmas and are enjoying the new year! ❤

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  24. I will not finish the last verses of the plan so it remains easy to pull up and read and reread. Like the others I hit the bottom as well mine due to a job loss. My head is above water now. May I pray God’s blessings to shower down on you for taking the time to put this together to encourage so many. So sorry you had to go through what you did but it’s obvious you have allowed Him to use you in spite of it. Now it’s my turn to seek out others in the brink. Thanks

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    • Hi Ron,
      Thank you for reading the reading plans! I am glad they were an encouragement to you!
      I love how you are passing along encouragement to others who are in the brink and I trust God is using you mightily! This was my greatest goal while writing the Bible reading plans…that those who read them would pass along encouragement!
      Hope you are having a great year!

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  25. Good day! Thank you so much for the wonderful and sweet encouragement… i just lost my job and my wife left me for another man. But through prayers and reading your devotional contents, “Grief Bites: A New Approach to Growing Through Grief” i am so relieve and easily move on with my life. By the way, is it ok if i am goin to publish/share some of your content? my purpose is to encourage everyone who suffer grief, difficulties in life, marital problems, etc. i just want to win their souls and to give hope. I hope you do understand me. Thank you and God Bless you more!

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    • Hi Jusarrell,
      I am so sorry to hear about what all happened to you…that’s a lot to go through.
      I pray that God is continuing to heal your heart!
      Yes, feel free to share any content you wish to share. Please just be sure to put “©2015 Kim Niles/Grief Bites. All rights reserved. Used by permission.” after each post for copyright purposes. 🙂
      You may use my content on a personal website or blog, but my publisher said not in book form (my YouVersion writings and some content from this blog is in the process of being published in my newest book that will be out in a few months).
      God bless you and I pray He uses you mightily in helping others and giving hope!

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    • Hi Jusarrell,
      My publisher/book consultant wanted me to clarify that it is fine to share (not publish, but share) any content you wish to share on a personal website or blog but not in book/eBook form or for publication or distribution. All of my YouVersion plans are copyright protected so it can only be content on my blog, which excludes YouVersion. Please be sure to put “©2015 Kim Niles/Grief Bites. All rights reserved. Used by permission.” after each and every post for copyright purposes on your personal blog (not simply a one time acknowledgement).
      My YouVersion writings and some content from this blog were copyright secured earlier this year and have been in the process of being published in my newest book that will be out in a few months, so that is why it cannot be put into book form.
      I hope this is helpful to you!😄 I am truly sorry for any misunderstanding.
      The world needs more people like you who are willing to make it a better and more comforting place!
      God bless you for encouraging others and hope you’re having a great week!

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  26. the 60 day Bible reading helped me through some tough times…coming up on a year since the death of my young (55yrs) mom…i dread the rest of my life without her but determined to make it

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    • Hi Tina,
      I am truly sorry to hear about your mom!
      I am grateful God used the reading plan to help you through this difficult time in your life!
      I am praying God comforts your heart and helps you through this time! ❤

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  27. Hi, I am loving reading this! It is very helpful to at 65 with stage 4 lung cancer.i read yesterday something that I would love to read again and I can’t seem to find a way back to it on my phone anyway, and I tried sending it to a friend as it went along with a very emotional talk that we had and it did not go through with that particular writing. It was more a the sample and a sign up for this study. Can someone please help with a way to read things over again a me share them?

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    • Hi Denie, many of these writings can be found on the YouVersion/Bible App. If you can tell me more about the specific content of what you read, I can most likely direct you to the exact date. 🙂
      I am so very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I have an immediate family member who has been battling cancer this year so I truly empathize for all you are going through.
      Praying for you and your family as you all go through this very challenging and heartbreaking time in life! ❤

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  28. Thank you for not wasting your grief and sorrows. Your devotions are wonderful and God is certainly using you to help heal others. I do devotions too and would like to share some of yours with my family and friends. With your permission, I will include your copyright and credit when I do. Thank you and God bless you, your family and your ministry.

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    • Hi Russell,
      Absolutely! Feel free to use anything along with the copyright info.
      I pray God will mightily use you as you write and share your personal devotions too! Feel free to leave a comment with a link so others can link to your blog as well! 🙂

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  29. I need prayer warriors. My son is married and has a 11-year old son … my grandson. The first 9 years of my grandson’s life, we were together nearly every other weekend. To say we developed a close bond would be an understatement. Two years ago my daughter-in-law, and my son, decided I could no longer see my grandson because they were not happy that I showed up for a hockey game uninvited. You see, my ex-husband was there, and that made my son “uncomfortable”. Even though my Ex and I do not have any issues with being there together, my son didn’t want me there. His wife came to his defense and became very confrontational and attacking. This is not the first time. It was brutal and rocked me to my core. She threatened to never allow me to see my grandson again. I suspected she had some deep emotional hurt in her life because she was always very mean-spirited towards everyone, even my son. I always approached her with much love, understanding, and compliance so as not to upset her or their marriage. It’s been 2 years since I have seen my grandson. After much grief … and I mean gut wrenching grief … and pray, I final received a letter from her confessing she was working on personal issues that she is aware were triggered (unintentionally) by me. She apologized for the pain she has caused me, and told me that her son is as much mine as he is hers, and that I have assess to him anytime I want. WELL, this is all part of the game. She hooks me in so that she can leave me hanging. She has yet to follow through with me seeing him and has not stood by the words in her letter. They refuse to forgive me, and can’t even tell me what it is I have done wrong. Please pray that their hearts would be softened towards me, and that they would offer me the forgiveness, grace and mercy that we receive from our Lord daily. I need prayers for strength, comfort and encouragement, as this ordeal has taken a deep mental and emotional toll on me and my other relationships. Thank you. God bless.

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    • Hi Cathy,
      I have been and will continue to pray for this heartbreaking situation. I know of others who have been through similar situations and it is a very tough thing to go through and experience. I pray no matter what happens, God will provide you with the strength, love, and encouragement you need at all the right moments. I ultimately pray for reconciliation for you and your family. God bless!!

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  30. Hello, I’ve been reading one of your You Version plans. I lost my dad July 31, and I was/am really struggling. This plan is truly helping me and I wanted to thank you. I have one concern though, on Day 11, I can’t complete it as it doesn’t appear to have a corresponding verse. I’m not sure if it’s a glitch with my application or what? Can you help or guide me where I may get an answer?
    Thank you & God Bless, Renee

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    • Hi Renee,
      Which plan are you reading through? I’d be more than happy to post the verses that go along with the day you are having trouble with.
      I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Praying right now for comfort for you and will be praying for extra encouragement and comfort for you with the upcoming holidays! God bless!!

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    • Hi Renee,
      I looked Day 11 up and the verses for that day’s reading plan are:
      Psalm 71:14 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13
      I hope this helps.
      Hope you are having a blessed week & Christmas season!
      Gratitude & many blessings,
      Kim

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  31. I came across Grief Bites through my Bible app. It has been such an encouragement to me. My husband and I are pastors and experienced a deep loss this year through the death of his brother. I treasure God’s word and appreciate your words and how you wrap them around the truth of God’s word. Thank you for allowing God to speak through your pain. I just purchased your book for myself and two ladies at our church. I look forward to reading it! God bless!

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    • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss!
      You are very welcome…I’m glad they’ve been an encouragement to you!
      I pray my book further encourages your heart, as well as your friends hearts.
      God bless you & I hope you have a good week!!

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  32. I’m wondering if this is the right reading plan for me. My husband of almost 7 years, he was only 41, was killed in a horrific gas tanker truck accident 2 weeks ago today. It was sudden, unexpected and should never have happened. The mechanics working on his semi put it back into service without completely fixing it. There had been steering and braking issues with the truck within the past 2 weeks. Cops determined his truck veered off the road, not due to driver fatigue or medical emergency, but due to a malfunction. The truck hit a lamp post started to roll and then exploded multiple times. It took 2 hours to put the fire out. The fire was so bad my husbands wedding ring is gone. There is a state investigation into the company and workers comp is trying hard not to pay anything. I have lost my best friend and soul mate and now have to deal with legal issues, find a full time special education teaching position and fight to keep my house, I’m not on the mortgage. This is hitting me hard and I need something encouraging to read that deals with the loss of my husband and works through grief at the same time. If this is not the correct reading for me, please advise as to what to look for. My mind and body cannot take anymore attacks, people who don’t understand the accident and those who didn’t understand how close my husband and I are, are saying and posting mean and nasty things to me. I need Gods word for support.

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    • Hi Marcy,
      I’m so sorry for your loss!
      Yes, all of the Grief Bites reading plans would be good for you to read.
      On YouVersion, there are other reading plans on grief, too. Just search the word “grief” under discover plans and you’ll find all of them.
      Also, if you aren’t a part of a grief support group, you would really benefit from the encouragement of attending one. Your pastor should be able to direct you to a good one in your area! God bless you & comfort you always!!

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  33. Hello. I have been reading one of your Devotions in my Bible on my phone. I am not blog savvy and wondered if you could email information about the grief classes you mentioned in your devotion. Our church recently lost our pastor very tragically and I thought the classes would not only be helpful to members but most importantly for his wife. Your devotions are so sincere and meaningful. My email is wmrob@charter.net
    Thank you

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    • Hi Ashlea Michelle,
      The Grief Bites classes are offered through Life.Church locations. You can find their locations here: http://www.life.church
      Some are video led and some are live with a Grief Bites facilitator.
      We are working on video resources and the videos should be available this Fall (2016). I hope this helps!

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  34. Hi Kim,

    First of all, happy New Year and thank you for doing what you are doing with this this blog and your other forms of support for those of us grieving a loss of any sort. I have read your devotional on YouVersion regarding grief and the Holidays, which spoke about losses, including those in divorce. However, most of the comments and recent blog posts deal with loss of family, friends and other people in our lives. Is this an inappropriate forum for loss(es) resulting from the loss of spouse, children, family and friends due to divorce? The loss(es) that may have preceded divorce such as a job loss?

    Thank you.

    Paul

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    • Hi Paul,
      Absolutely! Grief Bites exists to minister to anyone who has experienced grief or loss in any form.
      Thank you for reading the YouVersion plans. I hope they encouraged your heart!

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    • Hi Lynn,
      Can you please tell me which Grief Bites reading plan you are reading? I’ll contact YouVersion and have them repair it.
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. 🙂
      Hope you have a blessed week!!

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  35. Kim, I thank you for your constant continued support! You are a gem & I feel honored & blessed God has directed me to find both you & Kelli!! 🙂

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  36. Hi Kim, I’m going through one on the YouVersion Bible app on my iPad/iPhone. I think the one I’m almost done with is Finding Treasure in Hardship. I lost my daughter back in February and this helped me so much. Thank you.

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  37. Thanks Kim. I found your devotionals online. I have struggle with tinnitus and fear of it and it has really shaken my faith. Been going for five years. Lost relationship with two of my boys through divorce. I have not spoken to one in over four years. I understand someone didn’t die, but it still is a great loss that causes me to struggle trusting God and waiting and if there is something I should do. My temptation is to do instead of wait on God. Thanks,
    Tim

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  38. I enjoyed your devotional on grief in You Version last year. I’m going back and re-reading it again this year. I would like to share it with some friends at church but they do not have access to things on line. How can I do this? Thanks

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    • Hi Marinell,
      Thank you for reading our devotional!
      Feel free to share it with friends.
      YouVersion said people can print it. As long as you put the reading plan name on it with the copyright on each page, you’re good to go.
      Example:
      “Grief Bites: Hope for the Holidays
      ©2016 Grief Bites/YouVersion”
      Hope you have a blessed Christmas season & thank you for encouraging others!

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  39. Hi Kim. My name is Eva. I am twenty three years old. Two weeks ago I lost my first love and boyfriend of five years. The last conversation we had did not end on a positive note. Today I attended his funeral and read my letter to him and recited “I carry your heart” by E.E. Cummings. Kim, when I tell you that I have never in my life cried the tears cried these past two weeks, I am so serious. I had almost an out of body experience while reading my love letter to my love. I still think it’s him calling when the phone rings. I barely have any family and friends. He was my very best friend and my person I went to anything and everything for. I took him for granted and for that I feel disgusted, but I know how proud he is of me for going straight to therapy and going to mass with his parents and speaking to priests. I am trying hard to believe that God really is up there and listening and my person is watching me, but I need to physically see it. I’ve been reading your grief bites through the app and you really speak to me. However I have to met I am absolutely terrified that more people will die and reading about how many people you’ve lost shakes me to my core. really speak to me. However I have to admit I am absolutely terrified that more people will die and reading about how many people you’ve lost shakes me to my core. I keep thinking about where my life is going so I will be in who I end up with? I have never even attended a funeral until today. There were so many people and his parents are so kind and they are believing Catholics so I feel I need to believe. I physically ill knowing he is now ashes in a box. I have no idea where to go from here. I am broken and I want to tell him that I am so sorry that I couldn’t save him or that I took him for granted. He was purley brilliant, earning his PhD at an Ivy League. We spoke almost every single day for five years. Who do I speak to now? The kind of emotional bond we shared is something I don’t think I will find again. I just really need help and I hope you can offer me some advice. Thank you.

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    • Eva,
      I am so very sorry for your great heartache and loss! My sister lost her boyfriend a few years ago, and I saw what a tough, painful grief experience it was for her to go through. My heart goes out to you!
      I encourage you to attend a grief group. Your therapist should be able to recommend a good group. I really like GriefShare. They have multiple locations. To find a group near you: http://www.griefshare.org
      It truly helps to be around other grievers. It’s nice to be around others who “get it.” Support during times of grief is essential.
      Please feel free to gain encouragement from my blog, book, YouVersion plans, and my grief Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/GettingYourBreathBackAfterGrief ) anytime! I have posts about how to get through heartbreaking grief that I hope will encourage you. I also have posts that deal with guilt and regrets.
      I also had a loved one pass away where I had major guilt and regrets. I agonized about it for years. It helped me to realize that had I known better, I would have chosen better. It also helped to know that my loved one wouldn’t want me to be heartbroken about the argument we had before they died. I hope you will give yourself the gifts of grace, forgiveness and mercy. Your boyfriend knows you love him deeply.
      Please know that God loves you deeply and he cares. Ask God to give you “love gifts” and to show you reminders of his love. Look for them every single day.
      After my sister’s boyfriend died, we went out to dinner on his birthday. My sister had asked God for a love gift from God that morning. When we got to the restaurant and sat at the table, there was a big banner that said “Happy Birthday!” Below on the banner was my sister’s boyfriend’s name. As we talked to the waitress, she said that there was a scheduled party but it was cancelled and they hadn’t taken the banner down yet. A few minutes later, the song “Say” by John Mayer came on…this song was played at my sister’s boyfriend’s funeral. My sister was amazed how God orchestrated the banner and song while we were at her boyfriend’s birthday remembrance dinner, to show her that He cared. It meant the world to my sister and she loved how God chose to answer her request. Look for God in the details…He’s there and He truly does care.
      Your boyfriend sounds like a great guy! I know you’re a treasure and great comfort to his parents. I will be praying for both you and them.
      I’ve been working on a blog post about the terrifying feelings grievers can go through. I will be posting it soon.
      I hope you have a blessed weekend!
      Take care!!❤

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  40. Hi I haven’t read your plan as yet cause I don’t know if I will find what I am looking for. I don’t even know what I am looking for. I am a single pregnant mom of 2. I was In a car accident in January whiles pregnant.4 persons died along with my husband days before we celebrate our 1st anniversary. And I don’t know where to start.

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