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If you’ve suffered the loss of a person who was important to you, your instinct might be to shut yourself away from the world until you feel better.  While this is completely understandable, it’s not necessarily the right way to work through your grief. It’s important not to isolate yourself, but to lean on your support network, taking solace from friends and family members who want to be there for you. Another wonderful resource to help you in a time of grieving is a support group.

You may not think of yourself as much of a joiner, and sharing your pain with strangers may seem uncomfortable and unnatural. However, support groups have many benefits.

  • They provide a safe place of emotional and physical support. Often, when people are grieving, they’re reluctant to call on their friends and family for help. They may feel like they’re asking too much, and struggling too much with grief when the rest of the world has already moved on. In a support group, you’ll find people who understand your pain and can offer non-judgmental support and care.
  • Sharing stories helps people heal. In a support group, you’ll share your stories with others, and they’ll share their stories with you. Through this sharing of grief, you’ll gain a sense that you’re not alone in your pain, but you’ll also see different stages of the grief journey, which can give you hope for your own path.
  • In a support group, people pass along coping skills. No two people have the same experience of grief because we are all unique. Seeing how other people have worked through their feelings, though, can help you better understand and deal with your own grief. You’ll also discover new ideas for honoring your loved one, as well as traditions and practices that might not have occurred to you for working through your loss.
  • Being part of a group helps ease feelings of isolation. We all need a place to belong, and support groups give us a sense of community.

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is proud to be a part of the Catholic Community in San Jose, California. For those looking for a support group, we offer a monthly drop-in group called Solace: Soul + Grief. In that safe space, we examine a different scripture each month to spark sharing, discussion, and support. If you have questions about the group or our properties, we’re happy to answer them. We have three locations: Calvary Catholic Cemetery in San Jose, Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, and St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Milpitas. If you’d like to know more about our properties, or you need to know where to send flowers, you can contact us through our website, or call Calvary at 833-428-0379, Gate of Heaven at 833-304-0763, or St. John the Baptist at 833-428-0379.

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