While a loved one is experiencing the end of life’s journey, many family members and friends begin the grieving process. Although it is painful, grief is a normal and natural consequence of our human ability to love and live fully. Painful emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger and even relief are fairly common. However, grief is more than an emotional experience – it can affect our bodies with physical complaints and fatigue. Complaints about memory and concentration are not uncommon. As with many things in life, there is no one “right” way to grieve. Everyone faces loss and grieves in his or her own way.
As time with a loved one becomes increasingly short, many of us struggle with what to say. In his book, “The Four Things That Matter Most” Ira Byock, M.D., writes about the importance of telling those we love how much they mean to us and how using honest, heartfelt words can bring peace of mind. He recommends using these phrases when letting someone know they are loved and will be missed.
Please forgive me.
I forgive you.
I love you.
Pathways of Hope Grief Counseling Center
Grief services are available at no cost to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one, regardless of age and regardless of whether hospice services have been used. Please call 937.390.9665 for information or to schedule an appointment with a licensed bereavement counselor.
Our philosophy is that grief is a normal reaction to loss, and that is a unique experience for each individual, as each relationship is itself one of a kind. The Pathways staff seeks to understand what is needed for each individual to navigate the grief process, and to assist with an effective plan to cope with this life change.
One on one counseling sessions, for children, teens, and adults are available by appointment. Many times, just one session can provide adequate information for the griever to feel they are processing grief normally. Each individual’s need will be assessed by their bereavement counselor/social worker and an individual plan of care developed.
Grief support groups can provide a much needed bridge over the difficult days, weeks and months following a loss. Participants discover that the group is a place where understanding, encouragement and practical suggestions are readily found. Designed to meet different needs, all of our groups are open to anyone in the community who is coping with the loss of a loved one. Please call 937.390.9665 for information about group support available that may be appropriate for your needs.