Grieving is an important and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Bereavement groups are there to help you through this process, where each group focuses on different types of grieving, like a group for those who have lost their parents to those who have lost a child. New Jersey is no exception and has plenty of bereavement groups, so be sure to look around and see what is offered in your area.
Call your local hospital and ask to be directed to the bereavement counselor. Even if there are no groups at the hospital, the counselor can recommend one for you in your area.
Join an independent bereavement group like HUGS (hugsonline.net/), which is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Or find a group like HUGS through griefshare.org/findagroup/ that is located near your home.
Ask your local church members if they hold a bereavement group. If the church does not have one and you live in a big city like Newark or Trenton, you can branch out and search alternative churches for bereavement groups. If you live in a small town, and you cannot find a church with a grief group, you might want to ask officials of your local church if they can create one.
Browse a networking website like meetup.com, where you can search for a local bereavement group that fits your needs. Make sure that you type in different search terms, like “grief group” if “bereavement group” does not return many results.
If you cannot find an appropriate bereavement group that fits your needs, think about starting your own. A lot of people will benefit from this kind of support and you will be helping make your community stronger.
Grieving is natural after you lose someone you love, but after six months if you have trouble getting out of bed, or doing daily tasks, you should seek professional help and get tested for depression.
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