God made us in such a way that we will always miss that relationship. The love never goes away. It's just the strangest thing with grief, because the love doesn't end. The day you lose somebody, you love them just as much as you ever did, but there's no way to express that love to them—they're not there. And so you're learning to live with that love, but without the loved one. And we never really get to a point where we can say it doesn't affect us.
– Lisa Appelo
About the Episode
In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author/writer Lisa Appelo on the topic of learning to live with grief as a widow. Lisa talks about the day her husband suddenly passed away, how she addressed the grieving process with her seven children, some of the unexpected emotional struggles she faced, and how the body of Christ rallied around her and her family as they learned how to live without the husband and father they loved. She also shares some practical spiritual and physical care suggestions for those walking through seasons of grief.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Project podcast offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
Seven years ago, Lisa Appelo became a sudden widow and single mom to 7. Having walked through this life-altering loss, Lisa inspires women to deepen their faith in grief and find hope in the hard. She’s passionate about rich Bible study and teaches a weekly ladies Bible class at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Lisa is a former litigating attorney but her days now are filled with parenting, ministry, writing, speaking and running enough to justify lots of dark chocolate. Find her encouragement for faith, grief and hope at LisaAppelo.com and on Instagram @lisaappelo. Her family Advent devotion Countdown to Christmas: Unwrap the Christmas Story with Your Family in 15 Days was published in 2017.
Other Helpful Podcast Appearances
How to Fight Fear & Believe in a Faithful God
On the Don't Mom Alone podcast, host Heather MacFadyen interviews Lisa Appelo about her story of loss, how to take thoughts captive when fighting fear, and how the body of Christ comes together to help care for widows & single moms.
Living Without the One You Love
On the Better Together podcast, host Barb Roose interviews Lisa about the pain of walking with her kids through the loss of their dad and the practical ways that she helped her kids open up and talk about their fears and loss.
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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heartthe host of The Hope + Help Project podcast, and is a guest contributor at Desiring God. She writes frequently about counseling issues at her blog, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
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