While a funeral provides a ritual for remembering a loved one after his or her passing, the process of mourning and bereavement takes more time than just a few days. The experience of grief is different for every individual, and one should always allow as much time as necessary following the funeral and memorial to properly grieve. Although the pain of one’s loss may never fade completely, grief support is immensely helpful to the emotional healing process.
- Addressing the Stages, Together
As with many intense and overwhelming experiences, the emotional process of grief is often described in terms of passing through stages. Although they are sometimes defined in slightly different ways, the five levels are disbelief, bargaining, depression, anger, and acceptance. Everyone handles these stages differently, but it is natural to experience each of them to some degree. Group grief support is a powerful tool for articulating how you’re feeling with others who are going through the same process. You may not even realize that you are feeling angry until you talk about it, and this realization can help you further along on the path to acceptance.
- Connecting with a Wide Support Network
Working through grief is challenging, and it is often helpful to hear about how others have been able to come to terms with their sorrow. Grief support groups offer a warm network for those in mourning. Funeral homes, community groups, religious institutions, and reunion events can all provide encouragement, assistance, and pain alleviation.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematorium strongly believes that grief support is a vital component of emotional recovery. That’s why we offer support services as part of our Tacoma funeral home. We provide our own support for both individuals and families and connect those in mourning to community services and educational resources. For more information on our bereavement services, visit our website or call us at (253) 584-0252.