"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear."
The word 'bereavement' comes from the ancient German for 'seize by violence'. Sometimes when someone dies, it can feel just like that - like that person has been forcibly taken away. Today the word 'bereavement' is used to describe the period of grief and mourning we go through after someone close to us dies.
When someone you care about suddenly leaves your life, it's not a case of taking time out to recover. 'Recovery' suggests that you will emerge exactly the same as you were before. In reality, all of your experiences shape the person you are, and experiencing the death of someone you care about often has the biggest impact. Bereavement is about trying to accept what happened, learning to adjust to life without that person and finding a place to keep their memory alive while you try to get along as best you can.
Counseling and Bereavement services at Helping Hands Hospice are individualized based on specific need and is provied in the comfort of the patients home by our licensed professional counselor, Bernadette Whitehead, LPC.