Grief is a complicated challenge that lasts well after the funeral services
conclude. For many, it’s a process that follows them for a lifetime.
For some, it’s a process that begins before their loved ones pass,
as anticipatory grief is common during a long illness. Each mourner must
find his or her own way to work through grief. It can be helpful to try
a variety of grief support resources, such as support groups, to find
which helps you best. You can ask the funeral home or
grief counselors to direct you to a local grief support group.
Working Through the Grieving Process
Grief often has an isolating effect. You may find it difficult to be around
other people who don’t know what you’re going through and
you may feel as though you’re alone in your grief. One of the many
benefits of joining a grief support group is that it counters the isolating effect of loss. You’ll be around
others who feel the acute pain of loss. At first, you may only wish to
listen to the moderator and to the stories of other participants. Later,
you may feel comfortable sharing your experience and discussing your feelings.
The purpose of a grief support group isn’t to help you “get
over” your loss more quickly, but rather to give you the support
you need to work through your challenges in a healthy manner.
Learning Coping Skills
The moderator and the other participants in the grief support group can
help you by discussing coping skills that may help. And in turn, you can
share your insight as to what has helped you. Certainly, traditional coping
methods such as writing in a journal can help many people who are grieving.
However, you may learn about surprising methods of coping at the support
group, such as learning how to mountain bike to honor a loved one who
thrived on outdoor activities. Grief is a journey that is unique to each mourner.
With the grief support services available from
Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, you’re never alone after your loss. Our funeral home
provides grief support services near Hayward, 24/7. You can learn more
about grief support services on our website or call us at (510) 471-3363.