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Comfort In a Picture

By Don Loftis | 02.24.16

Helen Kubler-Ross pioneered the field of “death and dying.”  Her writings have not only helped us process our own grief, but she has been helpful in presenting ways that we can comfort others.

She told of a young boy facing terminal cancer who refused to talk with anyone.  All he would do was draw pictures.  One of his drawings had a small cottage off to the side of the paper.  It was surrounded by the sun, beautiful trees, and a family of four.  However, in the middle of the paper was a small child with a large army tank almost ready to run over him.  Obviously the boy was expressing his fear of death.


Kubler-Ross asked her class to draw a picture that would communicate comfort to the boy.  One student copied the scene but put a large red stop sign in the little boy’s hand. However, when the cancer patient looked at it, he simply ignored the message.  A girl in the class recreated the picture but added another figure standing beside the little boy and holding his hand.  One look at the picture and the boy broke his silence and began talking about not having to be alone.


God may not remove all of our problems or protect us from all of life’s hurts.  However, He will make sure that we never have to face them alone.  The author of Hebrews quotes God as saying, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”  Paul told the Romans, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”



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