The Grieving Process


Supporting the family though life and loss.

The burden of care on a family member can be physically and emotionally overwhelming; that’s why our hospice services include emotional support, education and counseling for the family.

Following the loss of a loved one can be a challenging experience and grieving is a process that is different for everyone.

Working Through Grief

During the grieving process, it is common for individuals to move – some times back and forth – through several stages of grief such as:

  • Shock
  • Depression, loneliness and isolation
  • Physical symptoms
  • Feelings of panic
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Inability to return to daily routine
  • Return to feelings of hopefulness
  • Acceptance

There are also normal physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms of grief:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches, upset stomach
  • Excessive sleeping or excessive activity

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Memory lapses, lack of ability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Depression or feelings of euphoria
  • Extreme anger or feelings of resignation

Spiritual Symptoms:

  • Feelings of closeness with God
  • Feeling anger at God

Extended Grief Support

For 13 months after the loss of a loved one, the bereavement counselors at Holy Redeemer Hospice continue to provide support for the family through support groups, mailings, counseling and one-on-one encouragement, all at no additional fee. Memorial services are held twice annually and provide family members with an opportunity for remembrance.

If continued care is needed after 13 months, the professional counselors at the Holy Redeemer Counseling Center, which also offers a Bereavement Support Group, can help the family cope with grief, which, for some, can be prolonged.