The death of a loved one can be the most stressful event in a person’s life. A wide array of emotions can be experienced, such as sadness, anger, anxiety, and despair. Changes in sleep patterns and appetite can occur, as well as physical illness. These are all natural parts of grieving and the feelings can ebb and flow over time.
There is “no right way”, “wrong way”, or time limit to grieve. Each person experiences grief in his or her own way, partly based on religious, cultural, social and personal beliefs and partly because of the relationship with the person who died. Bereavement has four basic phases which typically occur:
- Numbness and shock: usually occurs in the beginning and may last for a brief period. It is useful in helping people function through the initial funeral time period.
- Feeling of separation: when the feeling of loss or missing the loved one starts to occur.
- Disorganization: time period when the bereaved is easily distracted and might have difficulty concentrating or may feel restless.
- Reorganization: toward the end of the bereavement period when the person has begun to adjust to life without the loved one.
It is very important to seek out people who may understand your loss: friends, family, therapists, clergy or hospice staff and volunteers. It may take a long time to complete the grieving process, so you need to be patient to allow yourself the chance to grieve.
Langley Hospice Bereavement Services include:
- Individual and family support
- One-to-one volunteer support in person
- Bereavement support groups (day and evening groups)
- Infant Loss Support Group For Mothers
- Supportive Steps Walking Group
- Children and teens support programs and summer camps
- Education and support for community groups
Our Bereavement Support Services are:
- Free of charge
- Professional and/or peer-led
- Open to children, teens and adults
- Adjusted to the unique needs of each client
For more information, please contact the Bereavement Support Coordinator at the Langley Hospice Society at 604-530-1115