Hospice care doesn’t end when a loved one dies. Just as our team was there to support family members with anticipatory grief while a loved one was receiving our care; we are there to help them find a way to heal from their loss so that they can move forward in life.
Grief is a Natural Part of Loss.
We understand that losing a loved one is distressing and accompanied by extreme sadness. It is only natural to grieve the loss of someone so important in your life. While grieving you may:
- Have problems concentrating
- Experience problems sleeping
- Have little appetite
- Feel guilty – thinking “I should have done…” or “If only I had…”
- Feel angry – at ourselves, those we feel are responsible, our God, or even the deceased themselves
- Experience numbness, loneliness, or extreme sadness when a memory is triggered
- Withdraw from normal activities and other relationships in our lives
- Isolate ourselves from the world
These are all a normal part of grieving.
It Will Take Time for Feelings of Grief to Subside
While there is no timetable for coping with the loss of a loved one, over time, you should be able to:
- Accept the reality of the death of your loved one
- Allow yourself to experience the pain and sadness associated with the loss of your loved one
- Adjust the daily routine of life without your loved one being present
- Move forward and establish new relationships
If these feelings and physical effects do not subside and feelings of depression take hold, you may be experiencing complicated grief. It is important to seek help if experiencing this type of grief.
Our Counselors Can Help You Find Healthy Ways to Cope with Grief.
Through individual or group counseling, our counselors can offer ways to help you find a new normal after the loss of a loved one and move forward with your life. Counseling is available for 13 months after the death of a family member, free of charge. We encourage family members, especially those having problems getting past the feelings of intense grief, to take advantage of counseling.
Our counselors offer grief care for adults and children. Children grieve differently than adults and need counseling designed to meet the specific needs children have in coping with the death of someone special in their lives.
- Help you understand that you have suffered a major loss and aid you in accepting the reality of that loss to move you forward in a life without your loved one.
- Help you identify and cope with any traumas associated with the death of your loved one.
- Offer you an objective point of view that allows you to talk freely about your loved one and relationship with him or her.
- Offer a safe environment to experience and explore your feelings of loss and grief.
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare offers grief care to anyone in our community.
Grief care is also available to anyone in our community who has lost a loved one. Grief groups offer people the opportunity to talk about their feelings in a safe environment and learn that we are not alone in our feelings as we share with those who have had similar experiences.
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare offers grief groups for those who have lost a spouse or partner, have lost a parent, are coping with the loss of an adult child, for those who have lost a loved one due to an opioid overdose, and even special grief groups for those facing the holidays and anticipating the grief they may trigger due to the loss of their loved one.
Contact us to get the care you need.
Getting the grief care you need is easy. Simply give us a call at 800-733-1476 to schedule individual counseling or register for an upcoming grief care group. One of our counselors will call to assess which type of care may be the best to meet your needs.