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Dealing with the death of a loved one.
When we lose a loved one, it is often a bewildering and difficult time in our lives. At first we find ourselves in shock, and dealing with the intense denial and strong emotions death can bring.
Trusting:On the other hand, we may feel emotionally numb, and overwhelmed with disbelief. We may also experience the deep and unbearable pain of grief. Yet throughout our grief it is good to keep the line of communication open with our family and friends.
 
In the days and weeks that follow the death of a loved one, we may sometimes feel angry, sad, lonely, or depressed. We may be emotionally and physically exhausted. It is during these times that we might feel lost and out of control. We may endure times of restlessness, crying, confusion and even nausea, but these are all normal responses to grief.
In addition to these we may feel helpless and overwrought with guilt. We may not be sleeping well. We may find changes in our appetite. We might notice extreme mood swings, loss of motivation, irritability, and we may even find that we are isolating ourselves.
The event of loss is different for everyone. No two people grieve in the same manner. We need to understand that it is a difficult task to accept the reality of our loss, because we are hurting, and no one likes to hurt. Trying to adjust to living without our loved one will take time. Time for mourning. Time for healing. Time for resolution.
 
Some suggestions that might be especially helpful during this time:
BEGIN A JOURNAL:
Write in it as often as you can, especially when you feel depressed, stressed, or lonely. Even something as simple as a composition book will help you express your innermost thoughts, feelings, and concerns.
EAT A WELL BALANCED DIET:
Containing proper amounts of complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and fat included in a good breakfast and meals spaced evenly throughout the day. This will keep you from losing your physical strength when your emotional strength has worn thin.
EXERCISE DAILY:
Make it a priority. It is an antidote to depression. Even a simple walk will help burn off residual stress hormones that may be circulating in your body.
TALK TO PEOPLE:
Stay connected with positive people. Take time to meet with them. Spend time with people who care about you.
GET PLENTY OF REST:
Take the time to relax throughout your daily routine.
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF TIME:
Each of us must follow our own timetable. Grief has no calendar. Grief is a process, not to be hurried.
LAY HOLD OF FAITH:
Trust that God knows that your heart is broken. Believe that his unfailing love, grace and mercy will eventually enable you not only to live, but celebrate life once again. Throughout that time, find refuge in the comforting arms of God's unending compassion. As you journey though this most painful and difficult time he has promised that he will not leave nor will he forsake you.
The following pages were designed to provide you and your family with services, of which most are free of charge. Please take advantage of them if you or your family is grieving the loss of a loved one. That is why they are there. Each of these support groups will be more than glad to help you. Many of these groups also offer counseling, support, information and education to help during times of loss and grief. Simply call to check on dates and times. (author Chris Luthey)
 
SUPPORT GROUPS, ERIE COUNTY AREA
Hospice Bereavement Group
202 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503
814-456-6689

Parents Reaching Other Parents in Sorrow (PROPS)
P.O. Box 1023
Erie, PA 16512
814-899-1058
Support group for loss of a child Homicide Survivors Support Group
Victim Witness Services
125 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16501
814-455-9515
www.cvcerie.org
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS)
800-721-SIDS (7437)
www.sids-pa.org
Visiting Nurse Association
1305 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501
The Caring Place
Bayview Office Park Building II
510 Cranberry Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-871-6868
866-212-4673 (toll free)
A place for children and families
www.caringfoundation.com

Empty Arms
c/o Patty McGuniess
6416 Wyndham Court
Erie, PA 16505
814-838-6346
Support Group for people that experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn’s death

Grief Recovery Support Ministry
First Assembly of God
8150 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509
814-868-4876
www.eriefirst.org
SUPPORT GROUPS, CRAWFORD COUNTY AREA
United Way of Western Crawford County
201 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
814-337-1251

The Caring Place
Bayview Office Park Building II
510 Cranberry Street
Erie, PA 16507
814-871-6868
866-212-4673 (toll free)
A place for children and families www.caringfoundation.com

Compassionate Friends
Jean Shanley 814-724-7346
www.compassionatefriends.org
Hospice of Crawford County
448 Pine Street
Meadville, PA 16335
814-333-5403


St. Brigid Church

383 Arch Street
Meadville, PA 16335
814-336-4459
Different support Group
Contact: Darlene Shenk 814-724-6892
Elizabeth Ministries
(Parents of still borns)
The groups listed are for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement by the Mattera Funeral Home.
 


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