When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to know what to do. Often, the bereaved are left feeling alone and unsure of what to do next. Some people may do their best to work through the grief process on their own terms. Sometimes this means leaning on other friends and family members for support to help you get through the process. Often times though, bereavement services and support can be very helpful in the healing process.
These services can provide much-needed comfort and assistance during this difficult time. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of bereavement services available, as well as what you can expect from them.
One of the most important things to remember is that there is no “right” way to grieve. Grief is a very personal experience, and everyone copes with it in their own way. There are, however, some common stages of grief that many people go through. These include shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression and loneliness, and acceptance. It is important to remember that these stages are not necessarily experienced in order and that some people may never reach the “acceptance” stage. It’s also important to note that some may go through stages more than once.
What Exactly Are Bereavement Services and Support
If you’re unfamiliar with bereavement services and support and the grief process, it can leave you with feelings of uncertainty. The desire to get help to deal with your grief can leave someone with a lot of questions about bereavement services. It’s important to note that all hospice services are required to provide this. it consists of checking in on the family for a minimum of 13 months unless they’re requested not to.
Bereavement services can take many different forms. Some of the most common include counseling, support groups, and therapy. Seasons Hospice offers grief support groups, has a grief counselor on staff, and has many grief books and pamphlets. These services can provide a safe space for you to express your feelings, as well as offer guidance and support. Oftentimes, the bereaved are not sure how to cope with their emotions. This is where these services can be very beneficial.
What Bereavement Service Is Right For You
If you are considering seeking out bereavement services, it is important to do some research beforehand. This will help you find a service that is right for you. There are many different types of services available, and it is important to find one that will meet your specific needs.
When looking for bereavement services, it is also important to keep in mind that not all service providers are created equal. Some may be more helpful than others, depending on your individual situation. It is important to find a service provider that you feel comfortable with, and who you feel will be able to provide the support you need.
Bereavement counseling is best for those who are not dealing with complex grief issues. This approach is excellent for those who just need a safe environment to work through and process their grief.
A support group is best for those who have a loved one struggling with a specific illness. Often times connecting with others who have gone through or are going through the same thing as you can be helpful in coping with and processing grief.
Grief therapy is best for those who are dealing with complex or persistent grief and are needing a more professional approach to help them work through their grief.
Selecting a Bereavement Service Provider
If you are not sure where to start, there are many resources available online. You can also speak to your doctor or clergy member, as they may be able to offer some recommendations. Some employers may provide some form of bereavement service benefit. When it comes to finding bereavement services, the most important thing is to take your time and find a service that is right for you.
What to Expect From Bereavement Services & Support
Depending on the type of bereavement service you seek out, will change your experience. In general, though, you’ll spend the process discussing the emotions and feelings around your grief and the loss of your loved one.
Typically it will start with discussing your loved one and how you lost them. From there you’ll work with the counselor, therapist, or in the group setting to work through and process your feelings and emotions.
Depending on your unique situation and needs, you may also develop skills to cope with your new reality. It’s also possible that you can build a strong support system to help you in your day-to-day by better communicating what you need from your friends and loved ones. It may help you work through and address any feelings of guilt you may have as well.
Another part of the bereavement service process is to help you learn how to move on with your life. Moving on doesn’t have to mean leaving your relationship with that loved one in the past. It’s about learning how to move on with your life in a way that honors your loved one while also helping you live a happy life after their loss. Your bereavement service can help you navigate this stage in a way that feels right for you.
No matter what type of bereavement services you decide to seek out, remember that there is no “right” way to grieve. Grief is a very personal experience, and everyone copes with it in their own way and in their own time. Allow yourself the time and space to grieve in whatever way feels right for you. At Seasons Hospice we view hospice as a service no just for the patient, but for the entire family, and the service continues long after death for the family and friends.
If you are considering seeking out bereavement services, there are many different types of services available. Coming to terms with the loss of a loved one takes time. Their loss will stay with you, but how you move on after their loss can help to honor their memory. Be patient with yourself and don’t place any guilt on yourself for not grieving for them how others believe you should be grieving. Talk about your loss, whether it’s with friends and family or in the confidence of a therapist or counselor. Above all, remember to celebrate the life of your loved.