When someone you love dies, there is a natural need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings about the death and the person who has died. It is an essential part of healing.
This time can be frightening, painful, overwhelming and sometimes lonely. Each person's grief is unique - dependent upon the relationship with the person who died, the circumstances surrounding the death, your emotional support system and your cultural and religious background.
Saint Francis Health System offers a number of support services for dealing with grief and loss including grief counseling, grief support groups and pastoral support.
Even though grief is a normal response to loss, seeking the support of those who understand the painful complexity of this adjustment period can often be encouraging.
For more information about grief support services, talk with the nurses in your patient care area or contact the Saint Francis Hospital department of religion at 918-494-7539.