Coping With Grief

Coping With Grief

Coming to terms with the death of a family member or close friend can be a difficult time for many people. Oakwood Funerals is part of a network that sponsors The Grief Recovery & Funeral Education Centre (GRAFEC). This service provides a wide range of support and counselling as well as access to a library of literature, audio and video resources that can help grieving family members come to terms with the circumstances surrounding the passing of someone close.

Grief experiences and emotional responses

Grief is a normal and natural emotional response. Don Chipper and the team at Oakwood Funerals have been there since 1999 to assist families of Perth through to Rockingham in their time of emotional need.

When faced with a major life challenge, it is normal for a person to experience a wide range of physical and emotional responses. This includes numbness, denial, confusion, shock, sadness, yearning, anger, despair and guilt. These are all common emotional responses for a person in grief.

A grieving person may have mood swings such as feeling fine one moment and then depressed, anxious, distressed or angry the next. This is all very normal. Different cultures and religions also see death, loss and grief in different ways. How you express your grief and the meaning you give to loss will be in your own way, based on your own beliefs and view of the world. The grieving process takes time and healing usually happens gradually. Your feelings of loss and sadness may never go away, but with time the grief will lighten.

Grief resources can be found at MyGriefAssist, where noted Australian author and speaker on grief, Doris Zagdanksi, has drawn together a wealth of information that is vital for anyone coping with grief or helping someone to cope with grief. A former educator and involved in the funeral industry for more than 30 years, Doris has assisted people to move through grief of all types.

There is a broad range of information, inspirational books, quotes and media, and a series of practical fact sheets that speak plainly, helping you make sense of this challenging emotion.

In the exclusive video feature 'Coping with your grief' by Doris Zagdanski the journey of grief is beautifully described complimented with photography and music.