Bereavement Workshops

Grief Support Groups

Grief

You've suffered on of the greatest losses anyone has to experience--the loss of a loved one. Your life has been turned upside down, and it feels as if part of you is missing. The very real and human response to such a loss is to grieve.

Yet sometimes people still feel pressured not to grieve. The message they receive is that grief is optional, abnormal, or even a sign of weakness.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Grief is a very normal, natural, and necessary process.

  • Grief is normal because it is how people respond to a significant personal loss. It is normal to expect people who have lost someone they love to be deeply affected by their loss
  • Grief is natural in that it is a completely human thing to do. We cannot avoid grief--it is built into us. We are created to grieve, just as we are created to love. We love, and when we lose someone we love, we grieve
  • Grief is necessary. Grief provides a healthy way to cope with the loss and everything it means to us. Trying to ignore or avoid grief will not work. It will only make the grief last longer and possible cause even more pain

Give yourself permission to grieve. You are human, so let yourself be human. Letting yourself feel is the best and healthiest thing you can do for yourself and for those you love.

For more information on grief support in the Archdiocese of Boston, check out these resources: 

Bereavement Support Group

Grief Overview PDF from the Archdiocese 

Portions © 2004 by Stephen Ministries St. Louis, from "A Time to Grieve," by Kenneth C. Haugk

 

No.

It can't be.
It just can't be.

Someone I love is gone
and my life is shattered
into a million pieces.

I want everything back
the way it used to be.
God, are you there?
Are you listening?

I want my loved one back.
I'm not ready
to let go.

 

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