In its simplest form, grief is complex. Losing a loved one touches every part of our existence. Grief is an emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual experience.
Here are some common ways people react during grief:
Grief is not an event, it's a process. It is not a sign of weakness but a tribute to the loved one that has died.
Steps to healing:
Although there are no magic guidelines, many people have found the following suggestions helpful in working through the grief process:
Swift current Funeral Home has developed aftercare programs to help people cope through the grief process.
As an extension of our services at Swift Current Funeral Home, we have included information on bereavement support groups serving Swift Current area. A bereavement support group is a group where a small number of people who have experienced a loss of a friend or loved one come together to share common experiences, coping mechanisms, and the process of grieving. Swift Current offers groups that are both religious and non-religious based and run throughout the year. The bereavement support groups that we are aware of are:
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
GriefShare seminars and support groups are faith based and are led weekly by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
The GriefShare program is video based, with small group discussion to follow. Every GriefShare participant will be given a workbook to use for note taking, journaling, and personal reflection while at home if so desired.
The GriefShare program runs two to three times a year in Swift Current. The first 13 week program is held at East Side Church of God (306-773-4889), beginning in March and meets every Thursday. The second program is also a 13 week program and is held at the Church of the Open Bible (306-773-2362), beginning in January and meets on Mondays. The third program is held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Parish based on noted interest. Cost is $20, to cover the supplies for the program. For more information on GriefShare, go to www.griefshare.org
Bereavement Support Group
This group is coordinated by the Cypress Health Region and is typically held in a meeting room at the Cypress Regional Hospital. This is a small group of 6-8 individuals, which typically start in spring and fall. This group aims to provide a comfortable, supportive environment where grieving individuals may interact and participate; to provide a greater understanding of what is involved in the process of moving through grief; to recognize the many normal ways that grief may be expressed and experienced by individuals and families; to provide opportunities for remembering, expressing feelings, bringing closure, and focusing on reinvesting in living and encourage strength to live with the loss. For more information call Marilyn at 306-778-9516.