A profound sense of loss is felt at the death of a loved one whether that death is sudden or expected. There is no set pattern to grief. Some people grieve for a short time while others may never fully recover from their loss. Some won’t experience their grief until some time later. There is no one right way to grieve. As each of us are individuals, so too is our grief. The ability to make it through the death of a loved one can be challenging. You may have feelings of shock and disbelief, anger, guilt and depression.
Caring for yourself is not selfish. The period of recovery is different for every person. It is during these times that the support of friends and family is so important. Having a visitation, funeral or memorial service is an important part of the grieving process and brings people together who can give you a support network. If that is not enough, your local community, religious organizations and many healthcare organizations offer grief counseling or grief support groups. Although it may be difficult to reach out to these groups at first, many have found grief support groups to be a place where one can continue to grieve openly with others who share their pain.
At Stevenson Funeral Homes, we offer several Aftercare Programs. These are to help you to cope with the initial states of the grieving process. Should you desire group or individual counseling, we can recommend organizations. Should you be interested in our Grief Support Packet, CONTACT US by email or by telephone 1-866-483-7900.