“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear…
The same fluttering in the stomach,
the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing…
There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me.
I find it hard to take in what anyone says…”
– C. S. LEWIS, FROM A GRIEF OBSERVED, A JOURNAL OF HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE, JOY
WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES
Ultimately, no one can prepare you for your experience of grief and loss. Each person reacts uniquely to the loss of a loved one. Your grief is unique. Your bereavement is your own and it can feel devastating. The loss of a loved one can change your life. Even if we believe that we are strong or well-prepared, the feelings of grief can be intense. These feelings are natural – feelings of pain, longing, vulnerability, confusion, sorrow, anxiety, fear and anger emerge at the time of your loved one’s death and often continue for many months.
During this time of grief, you may find relationships changing. Your daily routines and roles may be altered. Your basic assumptions about life may change temporarily, or even permanently. You may face the anxiety and unexpected adventure of reshaping your life. You may not know where to turn for support, care and help along such an uncharted journey.
The Seasons Hospice team is available to walk with you on your journey through grief and bereavement.
WE OFFER A VARIETY OF BEREAVEMENT SERVICES, INCLUDING:
We are available for counseling, companionship, or conversation – whether in person, by phone, e-mail, or postal correspondence, from the time of death to a year after your loved one’s death. A personal visit request begins with a simple phone call.
Seasons Hospice offers a Celebration of Remembrance that is ecumenical and inter-faith in perspective. We focus on remembering the meaning, purpose and impact of your loved one’s life, regardless of religious affiliation.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
You’ll find that Seasons provides a safe and supportive place for bereaved people to share experiences of loss with each other, to learn from each other about ways to cope and heal, and to form new friendships. To find a support group near you click here.
We have a library of materials available that can help you understand and follow your journey through grief and bereavement.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Any family member, partner, friend or caregiver of a hospice patient may ask for all hospice bereavement services. Anyone who suffered a recent loss may attend our bereavement support groups.