After cremation services in Van Buren, NY, you and your family have many options to help you cope in a healthy way with the understandable sense of deep loss and feelings of grief that you are experiencing because of your loved one’s death.
The funeral home has deep roots in the community and has access to many resources that can help you. But one of the first things that you can do to help with your grief is to hold a memorial service or a celebration of life service for your loved one.
Your funeral director has helped many grieving families plan a customized memorial service or celebration of life service for their loved one who has died. They can guide you and do the legwork to make either service very special and to bring together friends and family who will offer you a supportive and comforting environment where you can share memories and stories about your loved one.
Don’t underestimate the value of holding a memorial service or a celebration of life service for your loved one, even if it is weeks or a month or two after their cremation. These services are part of the funeral rituals that help us begin to have closure about and acceptance of our loved ones’ deaths.
Your funeral director can also help you with grief resources they offer and other grief resources within the community.
Many funeral homes offer special grief support sessions as part of their services to the families they serve. These are usually short – three to four weeks – but they allow families who share the common bond of death and the funeral home to a safe place to talk about their grief.
Some funeral homes have grief counselors on their staff who facilitate their grief support sessions, while other funeral homes bring grief counselors in just for these sessions. The sessions offer practical information on what happens when you grieve, what to expect when you’re grieving, and how to cope with grief in productive and healthy ways.
However, you may find that you want more support to help you and your family through the bereavement process.
There are many kinds of grief support groups that can help meet your needs. There are online grief support groups that meet virtually on a regular basis. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many people who are experiencing grief over the death of a loved one find that these types of support groups offer a safe and viable option.
However, there are also in-person grief supports who meet in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions within your community. The funeral home will be able to help you if you and your family prefer meeting in person with other people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
There are also grief forums online. While these are not interactive like virtual support groups, they often have valuable information that can help you identify the stages of grief that you are experiencing. They also offer helpful information for processing grief and moving forward through grief.
A final grief resource for you and your family members is one-on-one grief counseling. Grief counselors have education and experience that is specifically focused on bereavement, so they are specialists in the counseling field.
Your funeral home can guide you toward grief counselors who practice in your community.
If you’d like to know more about grief resources after cremation services in Van Buren, NY, our compassionate and experienced team at Bagozzi Twins Funeral Home, Inc. is here to help.