Grief Support Groups: How They Can Help
Grief is a natural response to the loss of a loved one. It’s also unique to each person. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve, and no one can tell you how you’re going to feel, but joining with others who have experienced a similar loss can be beneficial.
Even if you have a strong support system of family and friends, a support group might be helpful. It offers:
- Emotional and physical support and understanding in a place with no judgment. A grief support group can give you a sense of belonging in a place where people understand and don’t judge or criticize. It can provide a safe space for you to share what you’re going through.
- Sharing stories to promote hope and healing. Even though no two people experience grief in exactly the same way, the feeling of loss is a shared experience. Meeting others who have lived through loss can help reassure you that you will find your way through.
- Coping skills gained from others’ experiences, with new ideas for how to remember and recover. People who are further along in their grief journey may have valuable suggestions and advice or just a new outlook to share. Listening to others can give you the perspective you need to find your own path to healing.
- The companionship of people who understand first-hand. It’s important to know you’re not alone. Grieving can isolate you from friends and family members, especially when they seem to be getting on with their lives while you’re feeling stuck. Being in a group of people whose struggles are similar to your own can be very comforting.
- Permission to grieve and permission to move on. It’s important to take the time to work through your grief, allow yourself to feel how you feel and acknowledge your loss. Ultimately, being a part of a group gives you permission and opportunity to do this.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we offer an ongoing grief support group that meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Celebration of Life Center at Mountain View. There’s no sign-up required and no cost to attend.
. If you’re looking for a group or just someone to talk to, Mountain View has resources to help make it happen. When you’re ready to preplan, we can help with that, too. Call us at (253) 948-9895 for more information, visit our Grief and Healing webpage, or request your free preplanning guide on our Plan Ahead webpage.