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“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
Dame Cicely Saunders
Founder of Hospice in London, England
A Community Where Every Day of Life Matters
When a significant loss occurs in our life, we respond. Often our first response is mourning. Mourning is an outward expression. Mourning is often followed by grief. Grief is an internal response to loss. This is an internal journey. It does not always have a beginning and rarely ever has an ending. Grief is real, it cannot be avoided. While it is universal, it is also unique to each of us. There is no exact process, no right way to manage grief, no specific formula. However, there are healthy, effective ways to cope with grief.
We at Lamar Area Hospice understand that each person mourns in his or her own way. That’s why we offer a variety of grief support at no charge to anyone in the community, regardless if they were served by hospice. Support services include:
- Workshops on different topics related to the grieving process
- One-on-one telephone support
- Library of books, videos and flyers
- Referrals to professional grief counselors and other resources
- Holiday candlelight service to help through the holidays
You may be feeling helpless if someone you love is grieving. You, in fact, have a wonderful opportunity to walk beside the one you love as they journey through their grief. You walk beside them as a companion. Companioning someone who is grieving takes patience and understanding.
There is no right way to grieve. Grief does not often unfold in an orderly manner or through predictable stages. So remove from your vocabulary the word “should.” There are no “shoulds” in the journey through grief. Everyone needs to take their own time and almost always will find their way through their journey.
Grief may involve extreme emotions and behavior. There may be feelings of guilt, anger, despair, hopelessness, fear. These are all common among the bereaved. Reassure them that what they are feeling is normal. Don’t judge them or take their grief reactions personally.
Finally, there is no set timetable for grieving. For many people, recovery after bereavement takes 18 to 24 months, but for others the grieving process may be longer or shorter.
Lamar Area Hospice ® 108 W Olive St. PO Box 843 Lamar, CO 81052