Grief Support Groups
Healing does require support as you journey through the pain of your loss. First, seek out those who you know will support, comfort and really be there for you. Having those shoulders to cry on and the kindness of others to patiently listen will aid in your healing journey. Those who are genuinely caring and non-judgemental are best. Sharing the pain doesn’t make it go away but the support of others makes the journey tolerable and knowing that life is worth living when others are there to strengthen and encourage us along.
Many people find comfort in their faith and talking with the pastor, minister or the like at their place of worship.
In most communities you will find support groups which are organized through church’s, hospitals, funeral homes, Hospice centers and even now through the Meet-Up organization (www.meet-up.com). I encourage anyone who is seeking more active listeners in a non-judgemental space who might not be receiving support through other means mentioned above to seek out a group in your area.
On-line grief support has grown dramatically in the past two years since I started this site. There is a growing demand from people to connect on-line which is indicative of the explosion of social media. Online grief support offers people immediate support from others who understand and are experiencing loss at the same time. There is a quality of comfort in connecting with other who understand. I will caution you however that at the same time you feel connected you can also feel isolated if you don’t seek comfort and support outside the online world. Life is meant to be lived fully and that includes getting back involved in your business and social world prior to your loss.
Sometimes we tend to keep our grief to ourselves saying things like; “Everyone is sick of hearing about it” or “everyone has moved on except me” so in either case you may need a little help to get you transitioning onto your next step in life. I started the Heartache To Healing 4 week classes just for those who need that extra guidance, you will also find local organizations in your town that may offer workshops in addition to the grief support group which can be very instrumental in giving you the help you need.
I also want to mention that chatting online in forums or blogs is not a substitute if you find your feelings so overwhelming that you’re afraid your life or someone you care about is in crisis. In this case PLEASE SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP.
Some signs of being in a crisis might include;
Thinking about or planning suicide, Not caring about yourself (eating, bathing or dressing), abusing drugs or alcohol.
These are all signs that you need to seek help;
Contact 911, a local suicide hotline, local hospital or a professional therapist
Remember, this online grief support site offers;