Responding to Grieving Families
At a recent conference entitled, “Understanding Grieving Families,” Paul V. Johnson of Hospice of the Lakes, Minneapolis, Minnesota outlined some important facts about grieving families. One common misconception noted by Johnson is the idea that all people grieve alike. The fact is that people all grieve in differing ways. Some of these differences are rooted in experiences of the past, as a child perhaps, suggested Johnson. Johnson also explained that family involvement during and after the loss of a loved one is one of the major components in dealing effectively with the grieving process. Here is an excerpt of the article:
Families sometimes erroneously believe that each member’s grief will be similar to the others’ because they have experienced the death of a specific person within their family system. In reality, however, each family member’s grief is unique. The specific nature of the relationship between each family member and the deceased varies, as will the particular history and social context of their relationship. Further, to fully understand grieving families, it is important to recognize that their grief is also affected by the relationships they have with each other and the “emotional legacies” they have created as a family and with the one who died.
Grieving over the loss of a loved one is a natural process. However, various scenarios may warrant the aid of a professional counselor to aid in the passing of a loved one. Click here for information on grief therapy counseling.