People often find comfort in grieving with others. Hospice offers the following counseling and support groups:
In Time of Grief
Because grief can be so painful and seem overwhelming, it frightens us. Many people worry if they are grieving in the “right” way and wonder if the feelings they have are normal.
Most people who suffer a loss have one or more of the following experiences. These are all natural and normal grief responses.
- You may cry at unexpected times.
- You may experience mood swings caused by the slightest things.
- You may need to tell and retell and remember things about the loved one and the experiences of his/her death.
- You may feel that you must take care of others who are uncomfortable around your loss.
- You may reassess the relationship and feel guilty or angry over things that happened or didn’t happen.
- You may experience an intense preoccupation with the life of the deceased person.
- You may experience tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest.
- You may experience an empty feeling in your stomach and loss of appetite.
- You may have alternating feelings of guilt and anger.
- You may experience an inability to concentrate and a feeling of restlessness.
- You may have feelings of unreality regarding your loss.
- You may sense the loved one’s presence, hearing his voice or seeing her face or expecting the person to walk in the door.
- You may experience aimless wandering, forgetting, and an inability to finish things you’ve started around the house.
- You may find yourself assuming the mannerisms or traits of your loved one.
The grieving process helps you adjust your life to the loss of your loved one. It’s important to cry and talk with people when you need to.