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Grief & Support
Basic Needs of the Bereaved
- Companionship and Privacy – a balance between the two. They need time to reflect on their feelings as well as time to share their feelings.
- Opportunity for the expression of grief without embarrassment. A comfortable environment is needed where the bereaved can open up and express their feelings.
- Recognition of the many symptoms that may occur as a result of intense grieving. These symptoms often resemble physical changes that occur during or after a serious illness and may include…
- loss of sleep
- loss of appetite
- loss of strength
- loss of motivation
- inconsistencies in behavior
- Support and assistance in becoming socially reactivated. They need someone upon whom they can depend and trust to help them in a variety of social situations.
- A firm focus placed on the crisis/loss without being made to feel that they have a physical or mental illness.
- Special assistance regarding business affairs and legal matters. They need someone to help them think clearly to settle important issues and plan for the future.
- Above all, they need the opportunity to re-tell their experiences and loss. An active listener can dramatically facilitate the healing process. Be patient, and non-judgmental. Help them discover their own conclusions to the issues they need to resolve.