Navigating Grief: Coping with Loss After a Funeral
Funerals are the visible part of loss following a death. However, the grief associated with loss can continue for a long time after the funeral. In today’s blog article, we would like to talk about grief and offer some support ideas.
First, keep in mind that each person’s grief and grief process is unique to them. There is no one right or wrong way to grieve. For some of us, the loss of someone is devastating, and for others it is less. Remember that death is part of life, and we are all going to die sooner or later.
Nevertheless, there are some things that may help you in your grief journey.
- If you are feeling suicidal, then ask for help. In BC, you can call 1-800-SUICIDE for help 24/7. You are not alone.
- Let people comfort you. While you may want to be alone, we are social animals, and most of us would benefit from the company of others. Allow well-meaning friends or relatives to come and sit with you, even if you do not feel like talking.
- Most hospice organizations in cities offer grief support groups. Go to one of these support groups and find support.
- Some religions have certain traditions that may give you peace and comfort. For example, Jews “sit shiva” and observe a period of mourning for a week at home, where they receive visitors and talk about the deceased. The idea is to concentrate on the loss intently, with the view to returning to regular life afterwards.
- BC has a specific bereavement helpline toll-free at 1-877-779-2223. They can direct to other grief support services that are most applicable to your individual case.
No matter how you feel today, eventually you will feel better and learn to live with your loss. Keep hope alive, because your suffering will abate over time.
You are welcome to call us at Only Cremations (604) 861-9895 in Vancouver, and we would be happy to talk to you about cremation and the funeral process.
Only Cremations, based in Surrey, British Columbia, provides dignified and affordable cremation services. We believe every family deserves respect, reverence, and compassion. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cremation services, please call or text (604) 861-9895.