Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things many of us will ever face. Dealing with death is difficult, and grief can sometimes be overwhelming. As an experienced Funeral Director, I understand the importance of knowing where to turn during your grief.
What is grief ?
Grief is the reflection of a connection that has been lost and what we feel on the inside.
Mourning is about all the outer expressions of that grief.
Your loss and the grief that accompanies it are very personal, different than anyone else’s.
Only you know all that you lost when your loved one died. Only you feel your inner world of grief. Everyone grieves a loss although some may not show it in their mourning—or outward appearance.
Grief is the natural reaction to a loss of a loved one and the healing process that ultimately brings us comfort in our loss.
The grieving process
Feeling angry or full of regret? Are you depressed and wondering how to heal? Do you walk around in a mental fog? All this is normal. And while your grief journey is unique, you’ll find many grieving people are facing the same struggles. And others who’ve gone before you can help.
Families we serve have found great support and compassion in joining a Grief Share program. Directly below is a safe link that will take you to their website for a full list of detailed information. Search by zip code for a group nearest you. Click the logo to continue.
Helping yourself heal
Losing a loved one is hard, and coping with the loss of a loved one can be a long process. Grief manifests differently in different people, depending on their relationship with the person who died, how the person died, and personal factors like physical state, life experiences, faith and more. Because each person is unique, there is no "correct" way to cope with the loss of a loved one.
A funeral or memorial is often the beginning of a long healing process. Our family of professionals can provide you tools and resources to help guide you through your unique grieving process. Grief support resources include counselors, reading materials and more all available to you, your family and even funeral attendees who need some support. We Care About Your Family.
Accepting a loss
Acceptance is often confused with the notion of being “all right” or “OK” with what has happened. This is not the case. Most people don’t ever feel OK or all right about the loss of a loved one. This stage is about accepting the reality that our loved one is physically gone and this new reality is the permanent reality.
We may cease to be angry with God. We may become aware of the common-sense reasons for our loss, even if we never actually understand the reasons. Of course it was too soon for us, and probably too soon for him or her, too. Perhaps he was very old or full of pain and disease. Perhaps her body was worn down and she was ready for her journey to be over. But our journey still continues. It is not yet time for us to die. In fact, it is time for us to heal.
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