Someone close to you has died. It will be a struggle to accept this difficult loss. You will need to grieve.
What is Grief?
Grief is the human response to losing someone who was important to you. The pain of loss is universal, but what you feel will not be exactly the same as what someone else feels.
Grief is not something we “get over,” or even “heal from.” It is not an illness. It’s a journey.
Am I Normal?
While grief is natural, it is also highly individual. How a person grieves depends on a number of factors. Your relationship with the person who died will certainly influence your grief, but so will your age, your religious beliefs and your previous experiences with death. The age of the deceased and the circumstances of death will also affect the intensity of your grief.
Many reactions to the death of a loved one are very common. Feel like you’ve been hit with a truck? You’re “normal.” Every part of your being will be affected in some way. A few examples include:
PHYSICAL REACTIONS: fatigue, sleep disturbances, muscular tension, lower immune system, tightness in chest/throat, no taste for food, etc.
EMOTIONAL REACTIONS: anger, guilt, relief, anxiety, shock, despair, hopelessness
BEHAVIORAL REACTIONS: feeling detached, withdrawal, blaming, crying, sighing
SPIRITUAL REACTIONS: search for meaning, anger at God/others, loss of ideals/beliefs, loss of reason to live, feeling the presence of the deceased
The staff at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care can provide you or your loved ones with information We have a list of resources to help guide you through the healing process, including books for adults and children, DVDs, and local bereavement groups.
Grief/Caregivers Support Group
SouthernCare Hospice (269) 342-9308
2nd Thursday of Every Month at CentraCare, 200 W. Michigan Avenue, ste.103, from 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Bronson at Home Hospice (269) 241-4663