The death of a loved one is never an easy thing, whether it’s a life event you are experiencing for the first time or something you have gone through before.
Grieving is a unique experience; no one person grieves the same as the next. In addition to the oft-thought of sadness, grieving can lead to feelings of isolation, uncertainty, and even frustration.
It’s best to seek grief support during this trying time. Finding an outlet for your feelings is often the best way to work through them.
There are many places to turn to for help that cater to every grieving process. You may find solace in a book or seek to chat face-to-face with others who understand your plight. You may be in a position to seek support for a group of people instead of an individual, and you may find that connecting with people whose loved ones passed under similar circumstances to yours is a comfort.
No matter what, know that there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and you must do what’s best for you.
If you’re looking to join a support group you can physically sit in on, do an internet search for bereavement groups in your area.
Often hospitals, places of worship, and funeral homes will have resources that can connect you to a group close by. They may also be able to point you in the direction of a national group that has a local chapter.
Some people like to work through grief on their own timeline and in a more solitary way. This can be done through reading one of the many books available on the market.
Though national book sellers like Barnes & Noble and Amazon have a wide selection of books to choose from, you may also want to call up a local bookstore for suggestions.
Now more than ever we can connect with others thanks to the internet and social media.
There are many online grief forums you can join, such as Grieving.com or GriefHealingDiscussionGroups.com.
If you are looking for support due to a very specific type of death, such as that of a child or spouse, you can use the internet to narrow down the groups you’d like to interact with.
Searching on Facebook for support groups is also a good way to find individuals who are familiar with your situation.
With these online forums you can have support around the clock, and not have to wait for a specific meeting time.
You may also want to seek a professional grief counselor who is certified to help you handle what you’re feeling.
This is a great option for someone looking for a range of choices. You can choose a local person whose office you can sit in, or someone acclaimed who is national and offers virtual sessions.
Oftentimes the best thing to do is look to those who are closest to you: family members, friends, and colleagues.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those you trust.
Alton Clarke was born and raised in Syracuse. He has written for MSNBC, The Business Insider and Passport Magazine. In regards to academics, Alton earned a degree from St. John’s University. Alton covers entertainment and culture stories here at Diving daily.