After cremation services in Glade Hill, VA for your loved one, grief will take center stage in your life for quite some time. Grief doesn’t have a start and end date. Grief doesn’t have an expiration date.
Grief doesn’t know that you have a lot of things you need to do immediately to take care of your loved one’s affairs. Grief doesn’t know that you’re expected to be back at work and okay just a few days after your loved one’s death.
Grief runs its own course and that course is different for everyone. It will be different for you.
But one of the things that can help you manage your grief is grief counseling, either in a group setting (like a support group) or one-on-one with a therapist who specializes in helping people process their grief in a healthy way.
The funeral home is deeply embedded in the community and can provide you with grief counseling resources to help you as you process the death of your loved one.
Grief has many facets. One of the most immediate facets you’ll see after you lose someone you love is the difficulty you have accepting that your loved one has died and is gone. This doesn’t mean that you don’t rationally know that your loved one is dead. Instead, what it means is that you emotionally still expect to see them, want to talk with them, and are surprised when they aren’t there or don’t answer.
Another facet of processing grief is identifying and learning how to cope with the trauma that the death of a loved one causes. You may not know that you have suffered a trauma when your loved one dies. But the death of someone you love is a very traumatic event, so grief counseling can help you move past that trauma.
No matter how close you and your loved one were or how much you loved each other, you will very likely experience guilt and regrets when they die. Much of the guilt you feel will be based on things you couldn’t have known and couldn’t have changed, but the feelings of guilt will be there anyway.
Regrets work the same way. Grief counseling can help you get past those negative feelings as you recall the good memories of your time with your loved one.
A facet of grief that may sneak up on you is the fact that the death of your loved one has changed your life forever. The life you had with your loved one is over. All your plans, hopes, and dreams with your loved one died with them.
Now you have to forge ahead with a new life, new plans, new hopes, and, yes, even new dreams without them. Adjusting to this reality can be very sad and very painful. Grief counseling can walk you through the darkest days of this adjustment and help you get to the other side of the life you have left.
An unexpected facet of grief can be changes in relationships and the loss of support systems that you had when your loved one was alive. You may feel as though everyone has walk away and no one cares or understands. You may feel very alone.
Grief counseling can help by providing you a support system when you need it most. Grief counseling can also help you find ways to build new support networks and to forge new relationships that will help you through the grieving process and beyond.
For additional information about grief resources and cremation services in Glade Hill, VA, our caring and knowledgeable staff at Lynch Conner-Bowman Funeral Home can assist you.