Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It’s important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you’re not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and don’t be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.
A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:
- Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.
- The healing process happens gradually, and can’t be rushed or ignored.
- It’s okay to cry…but it’s also okay if you find that you can’t. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one.
- There’s no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.
- Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.
- The mind and body are deeply connect. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.
- It’s always okay to seek professional help when you need to.
Local Grief Support Groups
A death in the family is, for most people, among the most serious events in their family history. The difficult changes -- emotional, spiritual, social and practical -- are not adjusted to "overnight." For most families, the funeral marks the end of a life and the beginning of a new life, adapting to the changes that loss and grief occasion. Lynch & Sons recognizes the ongoing challenges of a death in the family and has always provided follow-up services to the bereaved among us. We serve as a referral agency to a variety of bereavement programs, from Widow-to-Widow groups, Bereaved Parents groups, Survivors of Suicide, Parents of Murdered Children, Compassionate Friends and others. In concert with church, civic and health care groups, Lynch & Sons also provides regular programming for the newly bereaved as well as outreach programs for local schools, churches and civic organizations that want to educate and inform their members on the dynamics of grief, death and bereavement. Additionally, Lynch & Sons maintains a complete lending library of books, tapes, and videos for those interested in these topics. There are a number of grief support groups in the local area to offer support and courage. We have listed a few of the local support groups to the side of your screen and below. Meeting times and places and more detailed information on each support group can be found by clicking on their links.
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We’ve compiled a list of links to websites, support groups and other resources that can widen your support network and help you to come to terms with your loss, cope with your grief, and begin your journey to recovery.
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