What Is Bereavement Support and Why Is It Important?

Losing a loved one is never easy. And although you may know that grief is a natural, healthy way of taking care of yourself, the grief process can still be incredibly difficult to navigate.

Bereavement support, or grief and loss services, can help family members and loved ones process emotions and understand how they’re feeling during this painful time. Grief support services can also help you celebrate the life of your family member and focus on the positive aspects of their journey.  

Grieving usually begins soon after receiving the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. As part of the preparatory grief process, patients grieve for the changes that are taking place within their own body, for the loss of the ability to do things they can no longer do, and for the shortened time they have with those they love. As part of anticipatory grief, loved ones grieve not only for what they see happening to the patient, but also for the emptiness they are already beginning to feel.

Grieving persons have the right and responsibility to do their grief work in their own way, to interpret their loss, to make choices that are right for them, and to determine the quality and direction of their lives

Grief has a direct and sometimes adverse effect on job performance, interpersonal relationships, and personal well-being. It is a process that is not completed in a finite period of time, but by utilizing bereavement support services, you can find the tools you need to heal.

The goal is to provide a safe and healing environment for people who are adjusting to a significant loss in their lives. This support can be provided through things like short-term individual counseling, regular conversations with a grief counselor, support groups, and educational forums.

For grief counseling initiated after the death of a loved one, our team strives to enable survivors to discover, and perhaps rediscover, their own support networks and inner resources to continue integrating their loss into a meaningful future.

At Agape Care, grief support is provided for up to thirteen months to any loved one who needs it. We’re with you every step of the way.