For Consumers: Dealing with Grief

The old saying that ‘Death is just part of Life’ holds many truths. Adults are forced into accepting and handling the arrangements of their family members often under extreme stress and often without advance notice to prepare themselves. So, when we experience a major loss of a loved one the word ‘grief’ becomes the focus of our attention.

Grief has many levels and emotional stages that can range from shock, guilt, anger, denial, physical illness, mental incapacity, and others…all which exhaust our very being. While time can ease the grieving process and allow us to accept or adapt to the loss, it is important to state that your funeral director can help.

Two primary grief stages occur when dealing with death: (a) initial shock or ‘at need’ [the initial notice and subsequent activities surrounding the funeral arrangement]; and (b) post-grief period when we try to move through life afterward. It has been said that the ‘post-grief period’ requires time, counsel and focus and varies to all level of degrees, depending upon the individual.

Professional help may require medical and/or emotional assistance but keep in mind that everyone deals with the loss of a loved one and none are the same. As adults you should have the resources and information to make sound decisions as how best to deal with your individual grief and be prepared to offer assistance to your survivor family and friends.