What is grief?

Grief is the normal process of reacting to a loss. Grief reactions may be felt in response to physical losses or in anticipation of a loss. Each type of loss means the person has had something taken away. Everyone reacts differently depending on their personality and coping style, relationships, past experiences and cultural and religious background. The process takes time and should not be hurried.

What are bereavement and mourning?

art_bereavemeantBereavement is the period after a loss during which grief is experienced. Mourning is the process by which people adapt to a loss. Cultural customs, rituals, and society’s rules for coping with loss influence mourning.

What Helps

  • Grief is a normal yet highly personal response to loss.
  • Give yourself permission to grieve.
  • Effective grieving is not done alone.
  • Expect many emotions, including sadness, confusion and anger.
  • Take care of yourself physically. Focus on exercising, eating healthy foods, and sleeping well.
  • Understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help you cope.

We offer companioning and our presence throughout your journey with:

  • Phone calls and/or visits
  • Bereavement mailings
  • Grief literature
  • Annual memorial service
  • Referral to other community professionals
  • Lending library


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