You are not alone...
Since our grief process is very personal and quite unique, the Bereavement Services of Richmond County Hospice, Inc. strive to help bereaved family members adjust to the death of a loved one. Richmond County Hospice, Inc. offers grief support services to a patients' family members for 13 months following their death. In addition, Bereavement services are available to any member of our community who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
Bereavement Services include the following:
- Individualized Bereavement visits to the home or at the offices of Richmond County Hospice, Inc.
- Bereavement mailings and calls to aid in the healing process
- Monthly grief support groups which provide support and encouragment
- Children's Grief Camp: "Camp Haven" - A one day camp for children, ages 5-12 years old
- Rememberance services including the bi-annual Light of Life Memorial Celebrations in May and November and the Forever Tree Lighting Services during the Christmas Season
Managing Your Grief...
Grief is a normal response of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors which follow the death of a loved one. There is no wrong way to grieve, unless it causes pain to yourself or others. Grief is very personal and has no time limit. Please don't let people tell you how you are supposed to feel. You will likely experience a wide range of emotions from shock and numbness to anger and extreme sadness.
Common Responses to grief include:
- Feeling empty and numb
- Physical symptoms such as nausea, trouble breathing, crying, confusion, lack of energy, dry mouth, and changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- Anger at the situation, a person, or in general
- Guilt about what you believe you did and/or did not do
- Withdrawal from family and friends, and sometimes from common activities
- Difficulty focusing, working, and making decisions
- Questioning faith and beliefs to find purpose in life
- Feeling a sense of presence from a deceased person, often indicated by "seeing" or "hearing" your loved one
- Relief, because your role as a caregiver has ended, and/or because your loved one is no longer suffering
A few helpful tips for dealing with your grief include:
- Talk about your loss
- Forgive yourself for what you "should" have said or done
- Eat well and exercise
- Indulge yourself by reading, listening to music, or partaking in a fun activity
- Prepare for the holidays and anniversaries
- Pay attention to your grief
- Don't be afraid to ask for help