The Benefits of Grief Support Groups
Every individual has his or her own unique relationship with grief. You might find yourself reaching out to others for support before and after the funeral service , or you might try to avoid talking to others at the cemetery. Even if you tend to conceal your emotions, you might find that a grief support group is beneficial for helping you come to terms with your loss. Many grief counselors advise mourners to attend a few sessions of the support group to determine if it’s right for them. This is because the first time you attend, you may feel a little worse because your emotions have been stirred up. As you continue to work with other bereaved individuals, you may find yourself learning how to move forward with the loss.
The funeral service is intended to help the bereaved say their final goodbyes and find closure. After the funeral service; however, you might find that others slowly become hesitant to discuss the loss with you. At a grief support group , no one will ever judge your feelings and challenges. You’ll find individuals who will support you fully, without question.
Many people never reach the final stage of grief, which is generally considered to be acceptance and inner calm. However, with the help of your new friends at the grief support group, you may find yourself building a new self-identity in the absence of your loved one. You may learn ways of moving forward with the loss and learning to live around the space that your loved one previously occupied.
If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from a bereavement support group, we invite you to contact Chapel of the Chimes Oakland at (510) 654-0123. Our funeral home and cemetery offers comprehensive services for grief support, which are customizable to your unique preferences. After your loved one’s funeral service and burial or cremation, you might wish to browse our collection of interactive grief support videos, use our online counseling services, or join our grief support group.