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Grief Support Groups

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Grief Support

The death of a loved one is never easy. The family is often overwhelmed with grief, loss, and uncontrollable emotions. This can all take a mental and physical toll on everyone in the family. When this happens, you may want to consider a grief support group to assist you in coping with the death of your family member.

What is a Grief Support Group?

A grief support group is made of members who are all dealing with the death of someone they loved. The group comes together to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and how they are coping with the mourning process. Grief support groups are normally run by a social worker, trained grief counselor, psychiatrist, or psychologist. These trained professionals can help guide the group through the journey of grief.

The Benefits of a Grief Support Group

There are many benefits to attending a grief support group. One of the main benefits is being able to share and make a connection with other people who are experiencing the same thing you are. The members of your group will listen to you without passing judgment, and everyone can share their ideas about healing and coping with the death of their loved one.

Additional benefits can be gaining a deeper understanding of the grieving process, and feeling assured that your personal feelings and thoughts are a normal part of this process. You can also share memories of your loved one, and listen to others share how their loved one touched their lives. You will know that you are not alone in your grief, and have the ability to help others cope with their loss as well.

The Types of Support Groups Available

There are support groups for all types of grief. There are support groups for children coping with the loss of a parent, grandparent, or sibling. There are groups for parents who have suffered the tragic loss of a child, spouse, or parent.

There are also groups for survivors of suicide. Some of these groups are broken down into adult groups, children groups, teen groups, etc.

There are also groups designed for widows and widowers.

It's your choice whether you want to attend an all men or all women spousal support group, or a mixed group. While you are all sharing the same loss of a spouse, sometimes men and women grieve differently.

How to Find a Support Group Near You

If you feel you or a member of your family would benefit from attending a grief support group, but aren't sure where to find one there are several steps you can take.

First, check with your local hospital. Many times they have a list of support groups in the area that they will be happy to supply you with.

Second, you may want to check with a Hospice group in your area. Many hospice groups offer grief support groups regardless of whether your loved one used hospice services.

Many churches, and other religious and community organizations also have grief support groups. You may also want to check with the funeral home that handled your loved one's funeral arrangements. Many funeral directors will be happy to provide you with a list of support groups.

Conclusion

Attending a grief support group may feel uncomfortable at first, but it's important to take that first step. A good support group will allow you to share at your own pace, and as you feel more comfortable.

Before deciding a grief support group is not for you, try it for at least 3 sessions. If you still feel that group is not what you expected, don't give up. Try another group until you find one that you feel provides you with an environment that will help you work through the grieving process.

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