Experiencing and Managing Grief:
Generally, grief occurs following a loss by death, but may follow any separation. The bereaved come to accept the separation and to readjust to the environment in which the deceased is missing through a process called "grief work". James R. Hodge, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist at Akron City Hospital, cites ten symptoms that may be experienced as a part of grief.
1. Shock and Denial
2. Emotional Release--We express Our Emotions in Different Ways
3. Loneliness--Depressed and Very Lonely.
4. Pain-- Physical Symptons of Death
9. Healing and Hope
A person may experience each symptom or only a few. Likewise, these symptoms do not necessarily occur in any particular order. The symptoms will vary according to the individual and the nature of the death. These symptoms were published in Today`s Health by the American Medical Association.
"People are forever changed by the experience of grief in their lives. We, as humans, do not ''get over'' our grief, but work to reconcile ourselves to living with it. Anyone who attempts to prescribe a specfic time frame for the experience only creates another barrier to the healing process"-- Alan Wolfelt, Center For The Loss And Life Transition.
Janine L. Miller, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor:
Specializing in: Grief, Loss, and Life Transtion.
Hours by appointment.
Call for hours and fees.
The Compassionate Friends is a self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents. The purposes are to promote and aid parents in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of their child, and to foster the physical and emotional health of bereaved parents and sibling.
National Funeral Directors Association: www.nfda.org
Ohio Funeral Directors Association: www.ohio-fda.org
Aurora Casket Co. www.auroracasket.com
Grief Recovery on Line www.GROW.com
The Kids Place www.kidsplace.org
Compassionate Friends, Inc. www.compassionatefriends.org
Teen Age Grief
Don`t Take My Grief Away, In-Sight Books, Inc.
For Bereaved Grandparent, Margaret Gerner, Centering Corporation
Holiday Help, Sandrs Graves, Ph.D.,A.T.R. and Sherry Williams,R.M., B.A., Accord,Inc.
Living When You`re Loved One Has Died, Earl A. Grollman, Ph.D., Beacon Press
Men and Grief, Carol Staudacher, New Harbinger Publications
No Time For Goodbyes, Janice Lord, Pathfinder Pub. of Califoria
Suicide: Survivors, A Guide For Those Left Behind, Adina Wrobleski, Afterwords Publishing
The Bereaved Parent, Harriet Sarnoff Schiff, Viking Penquin
Time Remembered Journal, Earl A. Grollman, Ph.D., Beacon Press
Clark-Shields Funeral Home has a small library of helpful literature available at no charge. Let us know if we could be of any help.