The Benefits of Joining a Support Group After Losing Someone
As anyone who has lost someone close to them knows, the grieving process doesn’t end with the conclusion of the burial or memorial service. Everyone grieves in his or her own way, and you are likely to face many ups and downs as you work through your emotions. If you recently attended a funeral service following the loss of a friend or loved one, then there are several ways in which you can benefit from joining a support group while you grieve.
In a support group setting, you can receive emotional support in an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. Also, you will be surrounded by others who understand what you are going through because they have experienced a loss themselves. By joining a support group, you can promote your healing by sharing your story and hearing those of other bereaved individuals, and you will receive permission to grieve and cope in your own way and at your own pace. For these reasons, you may benefit from joining a support group if you have lost a friend or loved one. Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose has a list of parishes and organizations who offer support groups for the grieving.