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There are many local and national support groups that can help you not feel so isolated and alone. While no one’s grief is exactly the same, gathering with people who share a common experience can help you to learn and to grow. And to be comforted. Group members may cry with you but they can also help you to recognize that you can laugh again too.
There is no set time to begin attending meetings. Some people attend right away. Others don’t feel comfortable about going until months after the death. This decision is as individual as your grief. If you attend a group and can’t decide if it is right for you, attend at least three meetings before you rule the group out. On any given night, your needs and the needs of the group may not be the same or you could just be having a bad day.
Programs can include group discussion and sharing, study groups, visiting speakers and other planned activities. There is an atmosphere of friendship, compassion and acceptance. Participation is voluntary but everyone is given the opportunity to draw on the strength of the group as needed or to extend strength when possible. A support group can provide just the glimmer of hope that you need when you’re feeling your lowest.
You will know when you are ready to reach out for support. Listen to yourself. To help you get started, we have included the national listings of some of the major support organizations on the next two pages. We encourage you to contact one of these.
You also may call your local funeral director or church for information on groups in your area.
We are always interested in hearing from the families that we serve. Please take a moment to let us know how well we served you in your time of need. We very much appreciate your feedback.
Dear Sam and Staff,
There are no words to explain how pleased we are with the love and care we received from your staff during our time of need. Bud looked so nice, he had been so sick but you sure helped him look comfortable and peaceful. The staff treated us wonderful. It was so special and personal having Johnny come to the house to help us make arrangements. I appreciate being able to display Bud's personal items in the curio cabinet for our friends to see. Your funeral home is beautiful and we were made to feel comfortable there. I appreciate receiving flowers and the cross from the co-workers of the funeral home, so kind and thoughtful of you. Our friends from Eastern Star and Masonic lodges said they appreciated having a room to get ready for their individual services. Sam you sure have a great staff and I appreciate everything that was done for us.
I am ready to make pre-arrangements with you for my funeral also. There is no place as nice as Shorac funeral home. I will contact you in the near future to make arrangements so our kids won't have to deal with it later.