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Bereavement is a term that describes the period after a loss when grief is experienced and mourning occurs. While grieving is a natural and healthy reaction, it can become consuming for some. Although you may feel that you are coping well after the passing of a loved one, you may still be experiencing a number of symptoms of grief.
Grieving for the loss of a loved one begins before the actual time of death. Family members may experience grief over the suffering and changes in their loved one’s life. They may also have a sense of loss of relationship or interaction. Grief is more complicated than sadness. If it is not dealt with appropriately, it can easily become overwhelming and lead to depression.
The team at Life Choice is here to help. We offer full bereavement services to those who have lost a loved one, including children, parents, spouses and siblings. We provide the support required to effectively cope with the loss of a loved one through a variety of means, such as letters, cards and telephone calls. If needed, the hospice team can also refer family members and friends to other medical or professional care, including grief therapy.
Our goal is to help individuals cope with and accept the loss of their loved one through our comprehensive services. Life Choice provides continuous support, especially during significant times, such as birthdays or anniversaries. This service continues for 13 months after the death of a loved one, but can be discontinued at any time.
Grief is a normal, yet highly personal response to loss and is extremely powerful. It can catch you totally unprepared, can be very painful – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually – and can completely change your life. Now is the time to take care of yourself. Learn more about understanding grief here.
Feeling fear? Depression? Your feelings are completely normal. If you're confused or surprised by the way you're feeling, read more here.
Grief can cause us to feel anger and/or guilt. To learn about normal responses to grief and how to forgive yourself for feeling the way you do, read here.
As the anniversary of your loss draws near, you may find yourself preoccupied with thoughts of your loved one’s diagnosis, treatment and care, remembering your experience of facing a terminal illness together. Getting past this anniversary is another significant step in finding your way through grief. Learn more about coping with anniversaries here.
Holidays are intended to be a time of great joy, family togetherness and thankfulness, but if someone in your life has recently died, the holidays can evoke extreme sadness, loneliness and emptiness.
For additional assistance in coping with your grief and loss, please refer to the resources listed on this page.
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