Generations of Comfort

For most people, letting go is the hardest
challenge in their lives.
Especially when it involves someone they love.

 

No one is ever fully prepared to lose a loved one. Grieving individuals experience a roller coaster of emotions, where one day they feel okay and the next they are overwhelmed with sadness. Although the grieving process often seems endless, it gets easier with time. Individuals suffering from grief can begin to heal when they familiarize themselves with the symptoms of grief and commit to the essential steps of the healing process.

Although everyone’s grieving process is different, there are basic emotions that most people experience. The first emotion, shock, usually accompanies the news of a death. An individual may go numb or be unable to comprehend what is happening. A person in shock may practice everyday tasks but is unable to feel anything. Denial and sometimes Anger typically follow shock. Even though a person knows their loved one is gone, they may not be able to accept the truth.

As soon as individuals accept the death of a loved one, they often develop feelings of guilt. They either become upset over their last interaction with the loved one or they wish they could have done something to prolong the loved one’s life. Sadness inevitably follows guilt and may last for a week, a month or even years. During this stage, individuals may feel alone and experience frequent crying episodes.

Eventually a grieving person begins to move forward and braces himself or herself for life without the loved one. Acceptance is the first clear sign of healing and is usually accompanied by a positive attitude toward life. From this point on, individuals remain in a state of growth, where they learn to turn their loss into something meaningful.

If you, or someone you know, is having a difficulty moving on after the death of a loved one, group therapy is available by checking our Support Groups section. To better understand the grief process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.