You have experienced the loss of a loved one and are inundated with a wide variety of feelings and emotions.
You will need a support system to help you travel through your journey with grief. Family and friends will be there to support you along the way, but unless they have experienced a close personal loss they just won't "get it". That is where a grief counselor or support group become amazing resources.
What is a Bereavement counsellor or mentor?
When we lose something that we love, due to various reasons such as death, divorce, job loss, we lose a part of ourselves, of our identity. These losses can completely crumble our vision of the world and our place in it.
A Grief Mentor helps you navigate through these losses and find meaning again. Sometimes it can be difficult to work on your own "stuff" and having someone who's been there and understands the full process can really help you make sense of your new world.
A Grief counsellor or mentor works with you on a one-on-one basis which allows you to be fully open with your thoughts and feelings. Grief mentors help facilitate ways to learn how to cope with the stressors associated with the loss and manage symptoms with different tools and techniques.
What is a bereavement support group?
It is a group that meets regularly that consists of other people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Bereavement support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who have gone through similar experiences.
In a culture that often discourages us from talking about our feelings, these support groups offer an opportunity to do so openly and guilt-free.
You will also hear other peoples stories, experiences and journeys through grief. Learning from others as to what worked for them for coping and hearing about different stages of their grief journey.
local support groups.
The Zenful Goddess saw a need for a Bereavement Support Group in the area and decided she would be the person to facilitate it. Kirsten - the Zenful Goddess - approached all local Funeral Homes about the group and it was well received as something that was very much needed in the area.
Kirsten wanted to provide a safe space where people could come together in their grief. A place where there is no such thing as age, gender, race, sexuality, or specific faith. A place where all those attending can feel connected to others through experiences and where everyone knows they are not alone in the journey through grief. These meetings are a place that surrounds all those who attend with love, compassion and empathy. These meetings are meant to be a place of hope.
The meetings will have different topics in each session, but remain flexible in case someone attending is really struggling and looking for guidance. The group will consist of people who are wanting or NEEDing to express the hurt in their hearts. By helping others through their grief, they will also begin to heal.
Everyone is free to attend one meeting or all of them. Each person will intuitively know what they need. This is why Kirsten did not want to make this a "program" - the group will be focused on talking, sharing and exploring different tools and strategies to help all involved move forward in life.
Ultimately Kirsten would like the Bereavement Support Group to be a beacon of light in the otherwise dark world of grief and mourning.
These groups will take place weekly on Thursday evenings starting at 7pm and will be hosted at the Celebrate Life Funeral Services office. You can contact us or Kirsten with any questions.
Check out the Zenful Goddess Facebook Page or Website for more information.
The most important thing is taking care of yourself. Whether you chose to seek the help of a support group or an individual one-on-one counsellor or mentor. Grief is a life long journey. Remember to continue to take the necessary steps to live a healthy, happy life.