Hi, my name is Clarissa,
and I’m a young widow.
Rob, my beloved husband of 17 years, died in a hiking accident in July 2019. I never expected my life would look like this — widowed with four young children to raise alone. I’m learning to discover grace in grief.
I can tell you all of the things I was before my husband’s death — a homeschool mom, a storyteller and fundraiser for nonprofits, a teacher. But grief is a powerful force, and it’s swiftly changing the contours of my entire life. The old landscape is eroding, but I don’t believe all is lost. I trust that, in God’s hands, grief can create something beautiful, even if its beauty is forever a stark reminder of what is absent.
God is present even in life’s darkest hours. As we walk with grief, Jesus walks beside us. We are not alone. We are loved beyond measure.
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Clarissa Moll (MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an award-winning writer and podcaster who helps bereaved people find flourishing after loss. Clarissa’s writing appears in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, RELEVANT, Modern Loss, Grief Digest and more. She cohosted Christianity Today’s “Surprised by Grief” podcast and is a frequent guest on podcasts and radio shows. Clarissa’s debut book, Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living with Grief and Thriving After Loss, was a best-selling new release in 2022. Her three forthcoming books — a devotional, a grief handbook for teenagers, and a children’s picture book — release in 2024 and 2025. Clarissa is the producer of Christianity Today’s flagship news podcast, “The Bulletin.“