The death of a loved one has a profound effect on those left behind, and processing these changes and emotions is not something that anyone should go through alone. Realizing hospice care is just as much about supporting loved ones through this time as it is about caring for patients, these facilities offer grief support programs which provide the compassion, comfort and care needed after a loved one passes away.
Why mourning is important
Bereavement and grief after a loved one passes is a natural part of the mourning process. Studies show that each person experiences this process in their own, unique way. It’s important to give yourself time to mourn the loss of a loved one, as this is part of acknowledging your loss and the change in your life, as well as remembering your loved one and developing a new identity for yourself.
How support groups help this process
Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, whether sudden or the result of a long illness. Grief support groups play an important role in the journey of healing from this trauma by creating a safe haven where people can express their emotions and comfort others who are going through a similar experience — it’s a space of understanding, emotional support and advice.
These programs are especially helpful for anyone who lacks support from friends or family, are geographically far away from their support structure, wants to learn more about the grief process, or wants relief from their emotional state. They are non-judgmental, informative and compassionate communities where anyone who has lost a loved one can get a better understanding of the process they are going through, and learn from others in similar situations.
Compassionate care for patients and their loved ones at our hospice in South Jersey
The Shores, part of the well-known United Methodist Communities non-profit assisted living organization in New Jersey, offers a compassionate, professional hospice neighborhood in South Jersey called Bridges. This program focuses on creating a nurturing and comforting environment for patients and their loved ones through customized care programs and compassionate support. To find out more about hospice care in the Jersey Shore area, please visit our website at https://theshores.umcommunities.org and contact us today to arrange your visit.
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