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Helpful Resources for Dealing with Grief

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Everyone deals with grief differently, and when you’re facing the loss of a loved one, grief is a natural but complex process. Fortunately, you are not alone—there are many available resources to help you through this difficult time.

Internet Resources
The internet offers a vast wealth of information on understanding and coping with grief. Simply understanding more about grief and how it may affect you can provide some comfort. Grief can sometimes seem baffling and does not usually go away gradually, but can come and go in waves. Learning more about grief can also be beneficial for families who grieve together, since each member is likely mourning differently.

Beyond information about grief itself, the web has many resources for grief consolation, internet support groups, links to therapists, and more.    

Friends and Family
Sometimes the best resources are the ones closest at hand. A loss usually affects many people at once, like a group of close friends or family members. Don’t be afraid to share your grief with loved ones who you know feel similarly. Hiding or suppressing grief does not help you get better faster. Allow yourself to talk frankly about your feelings with your family and friends, and invite them to do the same.

If religious faith is important in your life, then the community at your place of worship can provide a warm and comforting source of support. You may wish to have a private conversation with a leader from you local religious group, or simply spend time praying together with loved ones.

There are many publications written to help those processing grief. The library or bookstore offers many books on the subject of grief, including works aimed at teenagers, children, or spouses. It may help to simply reflect on your grief as you read.

If you’d like more information about grief support groups, then contact Chapel of the Chimes - Hayward. For more information our estate planning and funeral services, contact us online or call (510) 471-3363.

Learn More about Coping with Grief and Paying Tribute to Loved Ones

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Our recent blog articles focused on topics relating to grief and different ways of paying tribute to loved ones who have passed on. You may also find these resources helpful or interesting.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we understand that not all cultures respond to death in the same manner, and that grief can affect each person differently. Contact us online or call (510) 471-3363 to learn more about our services, including estate planning and cemetery lot purchases, or for information about recommended support groups.

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Estate Planning: What Documents are Needed for Estate Planning?

Have you made arrangements for your will? Did you ensure your loved ones have the necessary medical documents and power of attorney in case you cannot make decisions for yourself? Learn more about making these important preparations.

This video describes some of the documents you need when planning the future of your estate after you pass away. A trust may be better than a will for managing assets if you cannot manage them yourself. Wills also offer many benefits, including simplicity and delegation of power of attorney.

For answers to your questions or for more information, contact us at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, California. Lifemark Group’s Chapel of the Chimes offers estate planning and funeral services to ease the passing of a loved one. Contact us online or call (510) 471-3363 to speak with a member of our friendly, compassionate staff.

What to Expect During the Grieving Process

Support During Time of Loss

Grief over the loss of a loved one can take many different forms. Individuals and cultures across the world express grief in different, equally natural ways. Almost universally, families hold meaningful funeral services to honor their loved ones and confront their own grief.

The loss of a loved one can evoke many different emotions beyond sadness and sorrow. Someone who is grieving may feel anxiety, fear, anger, or confusion. They may find it difficult to concentrate, sleep, or eat, while others may simply feel numb.

Grief is often thought of as a process that happens in stages:

  • Shock, Denial, and Disbelief
    A powerful loss comes as such a shock that it can impossible to understand or accept.

  • Anger
    As a symptom of pain, anger is a natural part of the healing process.

  • Bargaining
    In a desperate attempt to regain a lost life, some may make deals with oneself, possibly in a religious setting.

  • Depression or Sadness
    Sorrow peaks when the full brunt of reality sets in. Like anger, this is a natural and normal stage, and should not be pushed away.

  • Acceptance
    This stage is about finding a balance, not necessarily about regaining joy from everyday life. The pain of losing a loved one never entirely disappears, but rather, over time, settles into a permanent reality that can be understood.

These stages can be useful to understand why you or someone in mourning feels a certain way. However, some people challenge this theory of stages. The day-to-day experience of grief often feels more like emotional waves that are triggered by a memory or connection to the person who passed away. In this way, grief can suddenly and unexpectedly become more intense.

If someone close to you is grieving, there are a few ways you can help. First and foremost, let them know you are there for them. Offer to help with chores, grocery shopping, or other errands. It may also be helpful to suggest resources for grief support.

At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we understand that grief can take many different forms, and we can recommend beneficial support groups. If you have questions about our funeral services, estate planning, or recommended support groups, then please contact us by calling (510) 471-3363.

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