Bereavement and Grief
While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss
At Interim HealthCare Hospice, we understand that bereavement care is an essential component of hospice. It includes anticipating grief reactions and providing ongoing support for the bereaved over a period of 13 months.
Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it's part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.
How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person's death was expected and other factors. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counseling or grief therapy is also helpful to some people.
Each of us takes their own journey through grief and healing. Allow yourself to open up to the idea that not every person experiences and deals with the loss of a loved one in the same way.
As there are many cultural and or religious practices to help those facing loss, understand that there is no “one way” or “one plan” that can work for everybody.
Interim HealthCare Hospice Bereavement programs focus on:
- Helping family members understand and move forward in the grief process by facilitating their expression of thoughts and feelings and helping them identify or develop and utilize healthy coping strategies
- Helping families problem-solve around adjustment issues
- Providing guidance about decision making
- Addressing social and spiritual concerns
- Assisting survivors to adapt to an environment without the deceased while experiencing a continued (transformed) relationship with the deceased.
- Attention to and respect for the ethnicity and cultural background of the families and care-givers that are served by Interim HealthCare Hospice is essential in the development and provision of appropriate bereavement care.