Grief is felt physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. As naturally social beings, people often desire companionship during important moments in life. At times, grief can feel like too much of a burden for one person to bear. For some people, grief support groups can help to share the weight. Understanding the potential benefits of support groups can help individuals explore all of their options.
Because everyone experiences grief differently, many people find validation in discovering shared feelings or moments. There are several distinct stages of grief, and it can be helpful to hear other people’s ideas for methods of coping. Also, offering suggestions to others can sometimes aid the healing process.
There are times when even the best advice falls short. While nothing can replace a loved one who has passed away, building a community with other people who are also experiencing loss can help to combat isolation and loneliness. There is a connection that’s formed by shared moments that makes people feel closer together, and just getting out of the house and taking part in a group activity can make a tough day that much easier. Through various shared emotions and experiences, support groups can be a safe environment for anyone who is open to trying them.
During what is often a series of difficult moments and conversations , making connections during trying times in life can make all the difference. Experiencing empathy, finding renewed strength, and supporting others can bring about a sense of hopefulness and purpose. Traveling along this path with others can be a humbling and enlightening opportunity.
Support groups are there to support each member along their journey. Everyone is free to use whatever works best for them and change course as they see fit. Members are encouraged to be considerate of others and their preferences and to be sensitive to people’s boundaries as they navigate their own paths.
Arkansas Valley Hospice is a locally owned nonprofit centered around caring for the entire family. For more information about our end of life care and grief support services, give us a call at (719) 384-8827 or fill out our online form.