Grief is part of life and grieving is a natural response to loss. The death of someone very close to you may feel overwhelming and impact many aspects of your life. You may find that your grief is not what you expected. It may help to know that grief is shaped by who you are and your current life circumstances, your previous experiences with loss, and your relationship with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.
As you learn to live with your grief, you may find that your feelings and responses vary. You may experience ups and downs and not always know what caused things to change. When you encounter these natural shifts in your grief, try to be gentle and patient with yourself.
There are things that you can do to help yourself.
Thanks to generous support from donors and our community, Salt Spring Hospice Society has services available for individuals and families. We offer compassionate support from trained volunteers and counsellors help you understand grief and adjust to your loss.
Our services include telephone support, in-person counselling; grief support group, information and education and referrals where appropriate. We can also help those who want to be there for others in their grief.