End of Life: A Grief Support Resource Guide
There is nothing in life worse than the death of a loved one. Grief is real and has both mental and physical symptoms. It’s important to remember that even the very worst grief is survivable. There are many resources available to people of ages who are surviving the loss of a loved one, from support groups to articles that can make a grieving person feel less alone.
Everyone experiences and copes with grief in their own way.
There is no timetable for grief.
Dry mouth, lack of energy, and feeling weak or exhausted are common physical symptoms caused by grief.
Grief also causes mental symptoms, including confusion and bad dreams.
People experiencing grief need to let themselves experience all of the associated emotions to properly heal from the loss.
People experiencing grief have the right to make clear their emotional and physical limitations as they mourn their lost loved one.
It’s hard to adjust to the idea that a loved one will never again call, text, or stop by.
Even in the worst parts of grief, try to stay hydrated.
Losing someone can lead to PTSD in some people.
Some people can’t deal with grief right after the loss. They push it down and end up experiencing it sometime later.
Triggers are normal, and they can sometimes have very little to do with the actual loss.
Grief never really goes away. But in time, it becomes more bearable and manageable.
The cost of grief counseling is a concern for many families.
Complicated grief is when people can’t move past the first part of grieving and can’t move forward with their lives.
Anyone who thinks they might be suffering from complicated grief should reach out to a medical professional for help.
Remember that grief is exhausting, and it’s important for people experiencing grief to be kind to themselves. They might need to seek help with daily things like eating and taking care of young children and pets.
Support groups are great places for people to connect with others going through the grieving process.
Compassionate Friends offers help, including support groups, to families who have lost a child.
There are support groups for all different sorts of losses.
It is possible to recover from grief, even if the person lost is always missed.
Kids need to know what’s going to happen to feel secure. When experiencing the trauma of grief, that consistency is even more important. Let kids know what each day and each week of the immediate post-loss period is going to contain so they know what to expect.
Children respond to grief very differently from adults. It’s normal for a child to go from sobbing to playing in a matter of minutes because play is an important part of a child’s coping mechanism.
The death of a spouse, no matter how long a couple has been married, feels to the surviving spouse like they have lost the world they inhabited with their partner. They are grieving the person they loved and the life they lived together.
Losing a child feels like the ultimate tragedy. People know that they will most likely outlive their parents and grandparents, and it’s simply a matter of chance whether they outlive their spouses, siblings, and friends, but no one goes into parenthood expecting to outlive their child.
Most people expect to feel sad when their parent dies. However, it’s normal for a lot of unresolved issues from childhood to reemerge at the time of a parent’s death. It’s important to internally validate these feelings and not feel like they mean that the parent wasn’t loved and won’t be missed.
Often, the loss of a grandparent is the first significant loss that a person experiences.
Infant loss includes late-term miscarriages, stillbirths, babies lost to sudden infant death syndrome, as well as the death of an infant from other causes. No matter how the baby died, it is a devastating loss to the parents.
Losing someone to suicide is often unexpected. It can also be very complicated grief, and people experiencing this type of loss needs lots of support.
Anticipatory grief happens when someone with an ill loved one starts grieving them while they are still alive in preparation for their death.