Grief Support

Caring People When You Need Them

Bereavement care and helping with the needs of those left to mourn the death of a loved one is an integral part of the services we provide. When death occurs, it is often accompanied by a period of adjustment for family and friends. This normal response is known as grieving. There is no “right” way to grieve, but it is important to do so since it is through the grieving process that healing is achieved.   Please contact, Rose Eiesland Foster, LMSW, Aftercare Porvider.

Natural Grief Experiences

Emotional
  • Sadness and/or depression
  • Shock or numbness
  • Confusion
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Thoughts of “if only”
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt over things that happened or
    didn’t happen
  • Anger toward the deceased or others
  • Feelings of “going crazy”
  • Insecurity, feelings of incompetence
Physical
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Problems with concentration
  • Tightness in the throat or muscles
  • Periods of nervousness or panic
  • Changes in appetite
  • Headaches or stomach problems
  • Frequent or unexpected tears

Taking Care of Yourself

Be gentle with yourself. Remind yourself that what you are experiencing is normal.
Reach out to others. Talk to caring friends. Consider joining a support group.
Tell and re-tell what happened. Share your story. It is important. It is helpful to be with people who let you say what you are feeling.
Be aware that people grieve differently. Don’t measure your grief journey with the journey of others.
Don’t fight the tears. You may or may not cry often, but when you do, realize that it is therapeutic.
Remember that grieving takes time. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to heal at your own pace. It is common to have roller coaster emotions for a while.
Take care of yourself physically. Have a check-up. Eat healthy foods and get some exercise.

 

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