Funeral services can feel overwhelming. However, if you work with a compassionate
funeral home, it is possible to view planning a funeral as a cathartic act that also
celebrates a life well lived. Grieving your deceased loved one is an essential
part of the process, which is why some funeral homes offer grief counseling.
Continue reading to learn more about the stages of grief, including anger,
depression, and acceptance.
As your funeral home knows, anger is a necessary stage of the healing
process. Almost everyone feels angry after a loved one departs. You may
feel angry at the doctor who was unable to make your sick family member
better, at a higher power for taking your loved one away, or even at your
friend for leaving this earth without you.
After anger, the next stage of grief is an immense sadness. After spending
energy planning funeral services and planning a cremation ceremony or
burial services, many mourners feel empty. Depression may involve withdrawing
from social activities and spending time alone in contemplation. After
a great loss, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by grief and to allow yourself to mourn.
Acceptance of a loved one’s death takes time and rarely happens
upon simply leaving the cemetery. Acceptance can be confused with being
okay with a loved one’s death. Most people never feel right about
the fact that a close friend or family member is gone, and that is a perfectly
natural impulse. Acceptance simply means recognizing that a loved one
is no longer physically present and will not be returning.
In addition to funeral services and funeral planning in Hayward, Chapel
of the Chimes Hayward offers complimentary grief counseling. Our funeral
home is dedicated to making sure that you can celebrate the life of your
deceased loved one while also properly mourning his or her death. If you are
planning a funeral or want to know more about planning ahead, call us at (510) 398-6922.