After death - getting support
After the person's death, you may experience many emotions. How a person copes with a loss varies from individual to individual. Some people are shocked and feel numb. Feelings of anger and guilt are also common. You may also feel depressed, alone and exhausted. Even if you feel you are coping well, there may still be times when you get upset. Give yourself time. Do not try to go through this process alone. You will need support. The following chart lists some available resources:
Community support services
- bereavement services
- friends and family
- spiritual guidance
- local Alzheimer Society
- family support groups
- private grief counseling
Moving on with your life will not be easy. Even though you began the grieving process long ago, there may be an emptiness that will never be quite filled. Here are some ideas for coping:
: You will need time to come to terms with the person's death. Reflect on the person's life and remember the quality time that you were able to share together.
Write in your journal
: Recording your thoughts and feelings in a journal can provide a release for your emotions.
Share your experience
: Talking with family, friends or a support group may help you understand your feelings and experiences about this intense time.
Give to others
: Volunteering with your local Alzheimer Society can provide a way to share your experiences and help others.
Remember the person
: Reminiscing about happy times may bring comfort.
Last Updated: 02/03/12