How To Recognize if You or a Loved One Needs Grief Support

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Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences an individual can go through. Even if the loss was expected, such as when a loved one is receiving hospice care, it can still be an emotionally charged time in your life.

The exact timeframe it takes for an individual to accept and deal with the emotional grief caused by death will vary depending on the individual and the relationship they had with the deceased. 

Because everyone takes these experiences differently, it can be hard to understand whether you should seek out support for your grief. The Pharr hospice care and palliative care providers at San Jose Hospice Care would like to highlight the importance of grief support and how to determine if you or another family member would benefit from it. 

What Is Grief Support?

Grief support is guidance and comfort intended to help you healthily process your grief.

Grief support can be provided through a wide range of means, including via one-on-one therapy, group support, online support forums, virtual therapy appointments, or teleconferencing groups. Online support systems are ideal for those who have hectic schedules or find it difficult to leave their homes — although a computer with good internet connectivity is required. 

You can always use whatever method you like so long as you seek out the help you need. If a loved one is receiving hospice care, ask their care team for resources and consider setting up grief support before your loss to help you begin processing. 

Signs You Need Support

1. You’re Struggling to Get Through the Day

Right after a death, it’s normal to feel off-kilter, and you may struggle to find how to go on without your loved one. 

However, if you’re experiencing insomnia, low appetite, or panic attacks, you may need emotional support. If your relative was in hospice care, the social worker appointed to them may be able to help you find the resources you need. If you turn to drugs or alcohol to get through the day, you should seek out help immediately.

2. You Feel Guilty

Bereavement guilt can be devastating; guilt can emerge as the pain you feel over the state of your relationship with the decedent. 

If you’re haunted by what-ifs, seek out help to process these feelings in a healthy way.

3. You Are Dealing With Depression

Depression is a common occurrence during grief. If you have a low mood, feel empty for months, or feel like you can’t be happy, you likely need emotional help. 

Depression can also include suicidal urges or the desire to harm yourself. If you find yourself with these types of harmful thoughts, reach out for help immediately. You can call a hotline, use a crisis text line, or visit a local crisis center. 

Once you’re past the crisis, counseling and other support systems can put you on the road to recovery.

Let San Jose Hospice Care Support You Every Step of the Way

If you want to keep your loved one at home during their last days, San Jose Hospice Care is here for you.

We know the last days of your loved one can be a challenging time, so we want to do everything within our power to ensure your loved one is as comfortable, happy, and well-cared for as possible. 

If you’re in search of home care, hospice care, or palliative care in Pharr, contact us today to learn more about our services.

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