Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a spouse, sibling or parent our grief can be particularly intense. Loss is understood as a natural part of life, but we can still be overcome by shock and confusion, leading to prolonged periods of sadness or depression. The sadness typically diminishes in intensity as time passes, but grieving is an important process in order to overcome these feelings and continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one.
These feelings are normal and common reactions to loss. You may not be prepared for the intensity and duration of your emotions or how swiftly your moods may change. Be assured that these feelings are healthy and appropriate and will help you come to terms with your loss. Coping with death is vital to your mental health. It is only natural to experience grief when a loved one dies. The best thing you can do is allow yourself to grieve.
St. Patrick’s parishioner Maria Malin leads a grief support group, “Healing After the Loss of a Loved One”, that meets typically on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm until 8:15pm in the Community Room. We welcome anyone who is coping with the loss of a loved one. There is no cost to participate and monthly attendance is not mandatory. Please see our 2018 - 2019 schedule below.
Anyone interested in attending may email Maria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.