grief support groups

Grief Support Groups: How Can They Help When You’ve Lost a Loved One?

Grief can make you feel like you are having a mental breakdown. But it’s a natural process that everyone will go through at some point in their life. Understanding the process can reassure you that the feelings you are experiencing are normal.

Although everyone grieves differently, it’s important to understand what is happening and to know that others have been in the same situation as you.

Family and friends can be a source of great support. If you start experiencing depression or can’t seem to move on, there are grief support groups and other online resources that can help you cope.

Grief Support Groups

A support group can help you to feel less isolated and allow you to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. There are grief support groups that can help for different types of losses.

If you have cared for someone who had a long fight with cancer, or your child has died from a terminal illness, you can find support groups that can help you to deal with those specific situations.

You can find a support group in almost every community and they are usually free to attend. The best thing about attending a support group is knowing that you are not alone. Grief can make you feel isolated, lonely and confused.

Others who have been through a similar experience can offer insight, suggestions, understanding, and advice. You may feel embarrassed sharing your feelings in front of others but talking about your pain can be therapeutic.

Helping others to cope with their grief can be healing. You can share your wisdom by supporting and offering advice to others who are experiencing loss.

The Grieving Process

According to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who is the author of the book, On Death and Dying, we experience grief in stages. These stages are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

However, we do not all experience these stages in this exact order. Some people may skip a stage, another person may get stuck in one stage and another may never get to the point of acceptance.

There is no right or wrong way to experience grief. But getting stuck in our grief can have serious consequences on our physical and mental health.

Funeral Services Can Help The Grieving Process

Very often, rituals such as a funeral service can help loved ones grieve in a productive way.

A funeral service starts the healing process and helps loved ones move through their grief. A funeral is as much for the loved ones left behind as it is for the person who has died.

Grief comes and goes, and there can be setbacks. Dealing with death is difficult and takes energy and time.

There is no set time when your grief will end. If you get stuck or life becomes too overwhelming, grief support groups or grief counseling can help you through this difficult time.

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