Are Grief Support Groups Helpful? How Can I Find One Near Me?
Grief is a complex emotion that isn’t easily shaken or coped with – not alone, at least. Read on and learn how a grief support group could be helpful to you.
Are Grief Support Groups Helpful?
After losing a close friend or loved one, it’s normal to feel lost. Grief and mourning are often new emotions for many people, or at least they are at one time. Coping with grief and overcoming it while giving your loved one the respect they deserve can seem like a difficult balance. Is it ever okay to move on? Is that even possible? Getting to the root of these issues and concerns may be easier with the help of grief support groups. Grief can have a numbing, alienating effect. How can you expect those around you to understand how much the person you lost meant to you? Even when the grief affects a family, like siblings after a parent’s passing, talking about that loss among each other can be difficult. So what makes a support group helpful when your own family can’t help?
Support groups are unique in the help that they can offer grieving people. Group settings enable people to support one another in their paths toward peace. That’s not to say that a support group works for everyone, but there are a variety of unique ways group therapy can help. One common issue a grieving person faces is loneliness. Losing a loved one can often paradoxically make a grieving person withdraw from other family and friends. Participating in a group of strangers who are free of bias and at their own stages of grief can help give you a sense of community. That community feeling can help combat the loneliness and urge to hide and spend time alone. Coping with grief is not a one-size-fits-all task. There are a variety of ways to approach grief, and a support group can quickly expose you to many different instances of coping with grief. Hearing the stories and experiences of others can help to familiarize you with the other people in your group and see parallels to your own situation. Relating to certain people in your group can help build strong bonds, and you may be able to model your own grief recovery on their methods. If you and another person think similarly, maybe how you cope can be similar too.
How Can I Find a Support Group Near Me?
Grief support groups are fairly common, because loss is unfortunately all too common as well. The human experience is based around existence and loss, and making sense of the complexities of life and death can be challenging. Many support groups exist for coping with grief, loss, or terminal illnesses. The best places to look for grief support groups are the places that commonly offer grief support resources. Places like hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, and religious institutions all usually offer some resources. Getting in touch with someone at these places is usually a good start. Looking online also returns many results for local groups. There are national grief support organizations that may have local chapters in your area.
Your local mental health professionals, The Collective included, have resources and information on grief support groups as well. If you’re looking to find a support group that can work for you, give us a call at The Collective today, and start your journey toward grief recovery.