Grief, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement. Did you know that there is no time line for grieving? Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time frame. They are going to have good days and bad days. But knowing that there are people who can help is a blessing. There are all kinds of support groups out there for everyone. Depending on the person and their comfort zone will depend on what kind of support they will be willing and comfortable receiving.
Some people will find it easier to talk about their loss with others who have been through something similar. Group grief counseling is a great way to talk to others and hear their stories, as well as share your own story of your loved one. You will also hear about the struggles others have been through and learn what may lay ahead of you in the coming weeks, months and years. Most hospitals and churches have weekly or by weekly support group sessions.
If you are not comfortable with groups, or feel you need more one on one with someone there are grief counselors who are more than happy to come to your house, meet you somewhere or even talk to you over the phone. Call your local hospital or talk to your doctor about grief counselors in your area.
The internet is also a great place to find support. There are forums for almost anything these days and grief counseling is included. There are specific forums for every kind of loss. If you search grief counseling, infant loss, spousal loss, cancer support to name a few you can find almost any kind of support group. These groups are great, especially if your schedule doesn’t work with the support groups at your local hospital or church. They are also great if you find you are having a bad day and need to find a quick release. As with anything on the internet, you should check out these forums carefully to make sure they are regulated and watched by an administrator. These administrators are supposed to watch for people who try to be negative towards others or talk negatively towards people as this can be very damaging to someone who is grieving.
Some of the best support can be found with a close friend or family member. Someone you can talk to who will listen and not judge. Someone who will allow you to cry when you need, laugh with when the time comes but who will never judge you for the way you feel.
Just remember, you are not alone.