Coping with loss is different for everyone. Each person deals with grief in vastly different ways, but no matter how you grieve, you don’t need to feel alone. At McGuinness Funeral Home, we have a variety of resources available for grief and bereavement support, which you can utilize at your own pace, at the right time.
What Does Grief Feel Like?
Grief is a different experience for every person and so is a reaction to the emotional, physical, social, and psychological changes after a passing of a loved one. However, there are some standard symptoms of grief, such as:
- Changes in appetite
- Feeling fatigued, irritable, and tired
- Feeling empty
- Having a hard time concentrating
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling helpless and frustrated
These symptoms are completely normal, but through constant support and the right tools, you can gain an understanding of your grief, while finding the coping options that work for you.
Coping With Bereavement and Grief
Throughout our experience, we’ve been able to help countless individuals equip themselves with the tools and skills they need to cope with their grief. If you’re seeking helpful tips to work through your grief and bereavement right now, we’ve compiled some helpful ideas:
- Take care of yourself, including eating healthy, getting enough exercise, and most importantly, rest.
- Be patient with yourself and your emotions. Coping with your grief after the passing of a loved one is not an instant process, so allow yourself to get through it at your own pace.
- Reach out to other members of your community. Although it’s easy to feel alone during this difficult time, your friends, family, and community members have most likely experienced similar feelings and can provide information and support.
Help Your Children Understand and Work Through Grief
The loss of a loved one is not always understood by children. Sesame Street created a resource called When Families Grieve to help the whole family find their way through a difficult time. Visit When Families Grieve to access video and interactive videos in both English and Spanish.
Comprehensive Grief Support Resources
After the passing of a loved one, sharing your emotional journey with others can help ease your worries, and help you through your grief, building new connections along the way.
McGuinness Funeral Home is proud to offer the following grief resources to our community:
Willowgreen: As a top provider of information on tough subjects like loss, illness, grief, life transition, and more, Willowgreen is an important resource during challenging times.
Growth House: An international platform that links people to hospice centers, home care providers, death with dignity, and other related groups.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: An organization dedicated to helping improve the quality of life at the end of life.
H.O.P.E. Helping Other People Evolve: A grief-support network for widows and widowers who meet once a week in a safe, comfortable environment.
Helping Hand Grief Support: A support network which provides a place to process pain and grief in all relationships broken by death such as child loss, spouse loss, friend loss, family loss, loss due to suicide and loss due to substance abuse.
Empowerful You: A local grief counselor with experience in understanding the loss of a child of any age.
Eileen Jason Ph.D., MBA, PMP, GC-C: Certified grief counselor from The American Academy of Grief Counseling (AAGC) through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP).
Clear Path by Cindy: Cindy helps businesses, individuals, couples, and blended families with how to overcome depression, ways to deal with anxiety, how to blend two families, dealing with struggling teens, coping with addiction, and grief.
Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden is a faith-based agency rooted in the Gospel and in the social teaching of the Catholic Church. They provide social services to, advocate for, and empower the poor, oppressed or vulnerable. They do this on a non-discriminatory, non-sectarian basis throughout the six southern New Jersey counties.
Moorestown VNA Community Counseling Center: Established in 2007, The Community Counseling Center of Moorestown VNA has provided more than 11,000 appointments to 1,500 local residents and their families this year. Since 1904, Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association has been a trusted neighbor dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of South Jersey. Their mission is to provide home and community-based health care services that promote optimum quality of life, independence and dignity.
Samaritan Hospice Grief Support: Samaritan provides support through a team of experts including a physician, nurse, social worker, certified home health aide, spiritual support counselor, bereavement counselor, and a volunteer. This team answers your questions, offers counsel, helps with advance directives, provides pain and symptom relief, gives warm bed baths, and much more.
Apple Counseling Services: Their mission is to provide comprehensive Behavioral/Mental Health services while assisting individuals and families to establish mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
We care about our community and the families we work with. For immediate support, call us at (856) 202-3645.