Grief is personal. We all grieve in our own unique way, even when we experience the death of the same person. Family and friends each express their love differently, so it is natural for them to grieve the loss of a loved one differently as well. This is why it is important to be understanding of others who mourn the loss of someone.
Grief is normal. Grief is a natural response to loss. Grief is a process we must work through. At first you may feel shock and numbness. Shock acts as a buffer, allowing you to get done what needs to be done the first few months after a loss. As reality begins to settle in, the grief can affect people emotionally, physically, behaviourally, spiritually and/or psychologically. You may find yourself angry, even enraged over what has happened. You may suffer headaches, or be unable to sleep. You may sense the presence of your loved one. Grief can manifest feelings of guilt, depression, loneliness, etc. Some of these reactions may be so intense people can think they are going crazy. This is why it is important to learn about the process of grief so that you know and understand that what you are experiencing is a normal and natural response to your loss.
The services offered by Hilton’s Funeral Directors do not end after the funeral. The funeral directors and our Aftercare Coordinator are committed to continue to provide comfort and care to family and friends following the death of a loved one.
Group counselling sessions are available to families as well as individual grief counselling. The funeral director and aftercare coordinator work together, listening to the concerns of family members and friends, offering suggestions on reading material appropriate to the loss which will be available to provide answers to questions and help to alleviate any concerns.
Caring for Children in Times of Loss.
With the family’s permission, one of our funeral directors will meet individually with children before or after the funeral services to answer any of their questions and/or support their needs at the time.