Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: grief

Are you aware?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  253  (October 1, 2009) There’s something else I learned from the suicide loss group that I want to share. In fact, I feel like broadcasting it everywhere. I don’t think any of us realize just how much we’re loved. And especially not when we’re depressed and our perspective is off. Even when […]

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Moving towards living room (2019)

What was my life like before Living Room? I’ll try to describe briefly. When we married, my husband and I joined a camera club where we became immersed in photography. Before long we both became leaders in the club. It took a while for me to grow the confidence, but it was a friendly group […]

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Comment on friends (2019)

The person in the previous post is one of many individuals I befriended while leading Living Room for nine years. I often wonder how they are. I grieve having had to step down from my Living Room group three or so years ago. But loss of the group is not all I grieve. I very […]

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Blogging to heal

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  132  (February 17, 2008) Ohh, do I ever need to blog – to share with you some of the stuff I’m going through! I coped fine with everything until the day after the funeral. Then I found out that my best friend will be away for the months of March and April. […]

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It is finished – forgiven

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, […]

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Tears?

  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3   Although we fight them back, although we hide them, although they bring no end of embarrassment, I don’t believe tears are such a bad thing. I believe that those who never cry are missing something. When I look back at the many […]

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Worthy of wonder

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1   You are good, Lord, healing while we hang tight. We wait, knowing your presence, though not feeling. You are big, in everything that’s good, in all that’s worthy of wonder. How could you possibly fail us? The sky […]

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A time for everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 I know. I wasn’t going to write here. Too busy writing study guides. But things come up and sometimes […]

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Grieving evermore

This morning – as it has been increasingly so – I am grieving the prejudice that exists towards people with mental illness. And experiencing it firsthand in a way I never have before, I’ve come to know the deep pain that comes with it. Too often now I’m doubting my self-worth. I’m feeling the hopelessness […]

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