We at White & Day, Rice and McCormick Mortuaries, often wonder how the families of those entrusted to our care are faring when our services are over. While our mission is to serve families experiencing immediate loss with services designed to celebrate the life of a loved one, we are aware that your grief does not end when you leave our facilities. Healing after a loss of this magnitude takes time and for some, it goes on indefinitely. In a concerned attempt to address this very real experience, we have compiled a list of some of the support groups available to our community. Perhaps when you feel enough time has passed or simply that you are ready, we encourage you to consider the bereavement support services these groups offer. A certain amount of reluctance is understandable… just getting started is a hard task by itself and certainly, joining just the right group is important.
For many grieving people, support groups are one of the best helping resources. In a group, you can connect with others who have experienced similar thoughts and feelings. You will be allowed and gently encouraged to talk about the person who died as much and as often as you like.
We would also like to suggest that you take a look at the transitions and griefwords libraries on our site. The transitions library reviews books with information for survivors that are available in a local bookstore or library. The Griefwords Library contains articles written by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., an internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. As stated by Dr. Wolfelt, “grieving may be the hardest work you have ever done, we all grieve when someone we love dies, but if we are to heal, we must also mourn.
Transition Library • Grief Words Library • Local Support Groups
A WORD OF CAUTION
Every year, survivors lose billions of dollars to individuals who prey on the suffering of others. The most vulnerable are those people who are not accustomed to handling their own financial affairs. The most common fraud perpetrated against survivors is a scheme in which someone comes to deliver a product or service that the spouse allegedly ordered. These people scan the obituary pages of the newspaper to find unsuspecting targets. Another common fraud involves home repair schemes. Often a disreputable contractor will offer to inspect your home and invent a problem that needs immediate and costly repair. The rule of thumb is not to do business with anyone before checking them out with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB).