Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss. It is OK to grieve. There is no right or wrong way to feel or think. Everyone grieves differently. There is no specific timeline to work through grief. Acknowledge your feelings, thoughts by allowing the process. To heal, one needs to Not bypass this process. There are many ways to deal with the pain of grief. Healthy coping methods are most beneficial to experience emotional growth.
Grief happens through different kinds of losses. The death of a very close loved one may be most intense. Yet, losses include the end of a relationship or marriage, developing a serious illness, a miscarriage, or unemployment, to name a few. A wide range of emotions may arise such as guilt, sadness, anger, disbelief, and fear.
Strive for comfort when possible. Reach out to people you trust. Use your support network. Seek people who accept your feelings or thoughts. It is a Strength to ask for help when or if the pain is too much for you. Professionals can guide you through ways to cope and process those intense moments and feelings.
In addition to the bereavement services for the families we serve, we have provided some helpful grief support links below:
Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.
Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality. The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.