The term “bereavement” is often misunderstood. By definition, “bereavement” refers to the sorrow or grief an individual feels after the loss of a loved one. Grief takes many different forms – it can be physical, emotional, and even spiritual.
Bitsy Knepler, MA, Bereavement Coordinator for Memorial Home Services Hospice, helps individuals deal with grief and loss on a daily basis.
“People grieve in different ways. Each person’s grief process is different. But regardless, it’s important to deal with these feelings, no matter what form they may take,” Knepler said. “Grief allows people to adjust to change and loss. It is a part of letting go.”
Knepler also notes that dealing with grief is a crucial step in the recovery process after losing a loved one. “Healing is a process. And grief recovery helps an individual discover life’s purposes. They can set new goals to move forward.”
It is important that individuals find an outlet that allows them to best deal with their feelings. For some, books and inspirational readings are helpful. For others, it’s finding peace in memories. Activities like journaling or writing are often therapeutic.
But some individuals find an outlet in support groups.
Grief support groups offer an opportunity for group sharing. There is often comfort in knowing others are going through a similar situation and experiencing similar feelings.
Support groups are facilitated by a trained professional – they offer time to openly share stories, talk about feelings and gain support from others. Individuals often find that although they receive support for themselves, there is much comfort in giving of support to others.
Memorial Home Services Hospice offers adult Bereavement Support Groups throughout Central Illinois. Meetings are held in Springfield, Jacksonville, Lincoln and Taylorville. These groups are free and open to the public.
Springfield – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month (5 – 6:30 p.m.)
Memorial Home Services
720 North Bond Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Jacksonville – 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month (6 – 7:30 p.m.)
Passavant Area Hospital
1600 W Walnut St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Taylorville – 2nd & 4th Monday of each month (6:30 – 8 p.m.)
Taylorville Memorial Hospital
201 E Pleasant St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Lincoln – 2nd Thursday of each month (5 – 6:30 p.m.)
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
200 Stahlhut Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656
“Support groups are often a very effective outlet to deal with grief. We welcome anyone who has experienced a loss and hope that, through this support, they can begin the healing process.” Knepler said.
For more information about grief and loss, or bereavement support groups, contact Bitsy Knepler, Bereavement Coordinator with Memorial Home Services Hospice at 217-788-466Enjoy LiveWell Online Magazine? Stay up-to-date with a free email subscription!