Although very important, the funeral is only the first step we take in ‘saying goodbye’.
The Grief Centre
someone close to you dies, your life is changed in many ways. The time of bereavement
following a death is a time to adjust to these changes.
our natural response to loss in our lives. Everyone grieves differently and
there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Men and women often show their grief
in different ways, and sometimes find it hard to understand or support each other.
People of different ages and cultures have different ways of grieving as well.
things you might feel:
– Frightened and panicky
Most people feel grief in their bodies as well, especially in the first weeks. You may feel exhausted, cold, tense and shaky. You might find it hard to sleep, or feel sick and have trouble eating. These things are common reactions to grief, but if you are worried, or having long periods of sleep deprivation, or not eating, please talk to your doctor.
does it take?
more individual than a series of stages to go through. As times goes by, you
find ways to live with your loss, rather than getting over it. You might find
it hard for a long time, but it wont always feel as bad as it does in the first
weeks and months after the death.
Its normal to feel affected by your loss from time to time for the rest of your life. Most people find there are good days and bad days increase and the loss gets easier to manage.
There are no
hard and fast rules to grieving, but there are some things that people have
and talking as often as you need
or keeping a journal
things like a memory book
– there are some excellent books available about grief and loss and this might
help you to better understand what is happening to you
the help of friends
– Consider talking to a counselor, or joining a bereavement support group
support is a complimentary service offered to families cared for by Woolertons’
Funeral Home, and provided on their behalf by The Grief Centre.
Support Team from the Grief Centre will phone you roughly 4 weeks after the
funeral and will be available to keep you in touch with you as little or as
often as you wish over the coming year.
Bereavement Support person can provide a listening ear, and they can arrange for
any further information, support, or resources that may be useful to you. Sometimes
other family members might benefit from this support – please feel free to
indicate that to the team member when they phone.
This is all provided as part of Woolertons’ ongoing commitment to going the extra mile, and providing you and your family with the very best service.
information and advice, phone support, resources, counselling (face to face,
over the phone, or video call), or support groups visit the link below or call
Ph 0800 543 354
Ph 0800 611