Grief is our natural response to loss. When we lose a loved one, going through grief is an unavoidable aftermath. In the process of grieving, we usually feel overwhelming sadness, longing, and even guilt. While these are natural reactions, there is also a tendency for grief to overwhelm us and cause us to be unproductive in our daily lives and to detach from reality. This is why bereavement support is an important part of hospice care services. It helps the loved ones of the terminally ill patient process their emotions after the loss.
Aside from bereavement support and other social work services, we also recommend the following activities to help a grieving family process their emotions:
- Nourish your body
Try to eat right even if you do not have the appetite. Our body and mind are connected. When we are physically healthy, our mental and emotional health also gets better.
- Open yourself to a support group
Talking with loved ones can help us have a safe outlet for our emotions. When days are harder, you can draw strength knowing that there are people who love and support you. You can also choose to join a grief support group. Our hospice and palliative care in Chula Vista, California includes bereavement assistance to the families of terminally ill patients.
- Be in touch with your spirituality
For those who are religious, growing in your spiritual life is one way to accept your loss. We have chaplains as part of our end of life care to support terminally ill patients and their families.
MODERNE HOSPICE CARE INC. is a provider of palliative care, hospice care, and nursing services in California. Our social workers assist and guide patients and their family members to process difficult times.