Each of us deals with loss differently. We differ because of gender, our life experience, cultural background, personal health, available resources, our relationship with the deceased person, and how we were prepared to accept the loss.
It is important to understand that mourning and grief are normal processes we must go through after a loss. Grief is a physical, emotional, social, and spiritual reaction to a loss.
The pain associated with grief can be lessened if survivors are comfortable with final arrangement choices that were made. Many find it therapeutic to have some form of memorial or funeral service. A place of memorialization to visit is helpful to remember those who have died.
St. Michael’s Cemetery has prepared a short leaflet, “Understanding Grief and Helping Others.” You can request a copy by contacting us.
Call with your request, toll-free, seven days a week to 888-837-7474 or in New York 718-278-3240.
Books: “Living With the End in Mind, A Practical Checklist for living Life to Its Fullest…” (Three Rivers Press, 1998)
“The True Work of Dying: A Practical Guide and Compassionate Guide to Easing the Dying Process” (Avon, 1997)
“The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying” (Tarcher/Putman, 1998)
“I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal” (New Horizon Press, 1994)
Additional Resources: Local Social Service Agencies are listed in phone directories. Also, you may wish to call local senior centers and churches for referrals.