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.
Natural Grief Experiences
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.
Designed to assist anyone in the community who is dealing with the death of a loved one ~COMPANIONS, our grief support program, is offered by our Aftercare Coordinator at no charge. This program provides educational and emotional support in a small group setting. COMPANION groups are formed in the fall and spring. Groups meet for six weeks of mutual sharing and support. For many, groups are one of the best helping resources. You can connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Linda Upstill, our Aftercare Coordinator, by
calling (785) 841-0770.