During the first 30 days of grieving the loss of a loved one, you will experience your own version of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Their pain is over, and now yours begins. Though this may be one of the most difficult times in your life, acknowledging your feelings and relying on support can help you face this journey and get through it, moment by moment and day by day. The death of a loved one is one of life’s biggest stressors. Whether the death of a loved one was sudden or expected, you may feel like you're in a fog of grieving, unable to function cognitively or remember simple things. This is a common emotional response that helps you cope with the trauma of your loss.
We know firsthand what you are going through; you are not and will never be alone in this! The arrangements are finished. Life must go on-so we are told. But, it is so hard!! Life pushes us forward, but feel stuck in one spot. STOP!!! Breathe!!! Grieve!!!
You have a friend in us. We are not just here during the immediate time of the loss of a loved one; we are different. As we promised, we are here to walk with you on your grief journey and here to help you cope and eventually heal. A “journey” is defined as traveling from one place to another, normally over a long period of time. So as you travel this journey to reach your destination of healing, know we are here and as hard as it may be, take time to grieve and remember there is no set time limit. Everyone grieves in their own, unpredictable way and on their own schedule and it will be finished when it’s finished. “He who has no time to mourn, has no time to mend.”
May the God who loves you bless you and console you always.
Michael and Laura Goodlander