The Bible contains an entire book devoted to the subject of Lamentations. Many people are unaware of this little book; many are unaware that the Bible, one way or another, covers the entire range of human emotion.
The Book of Lamentations records a response on behalf of an exiled people ~ the battle lost, the city destroyed, the people led away to an unfamiliar destination. It is thus a book of community, pertaining to a specific episode in the history of that community.
The book is not entirely helpful for those who grieve. The emphasis on loss as a consequence of sin, on God’s destruction of a city ~ no. But it can be helpful to know that the Bible contains wails of lament, and to translate communal cries of anguish on behalf of a city into individual cries on behalf of a family. There have always been others expressing solidarity with those who mourn.
Cry aloud to the Lord!
O wall of daughter Zion!
Let tears stream down like a torrent
day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
your eyes no respite! (Lamentations 2:18)