BEREAVEMENT AFTERCARE SERVICE
"Continuing Our Care For Your Family"
"What we have once enjoyed and loved we can never lose,
for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ---Helen Keller
For over 80 years, we have been helping others understand grief and loss. When death takes away someone you love, you hurt and wonder if you can survive this loss. This is a natural reaction and it takes effort to continue to live without that special someone in our life. That is the reason the grief process is called “grief work”…And it is through the grieving process that we are able to heal. We offer the following aftercare services as you move forward with your life.
Monthly Grief Support Group…facilitated by a professional counselor, participants are enabled to identify feelings associated with loss, learn to understand the grief process and coping mechanisms, and to connect with others that have had similar experiences. The act of giving and receiving support is tremendously healing. Our monthly group:
- Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except July, November & December) at 3:30 pm at the Trahan Funeral Chapel
- Open to anyone in the community
- Free of charge to all
- No registration required
- Open-ended (no start or end dates)
- Topics for bereavement and coping
- Discussion & open dialogue
Annual Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony
Each year families of the community are invited to attend our annual memorial candle lighting ceremony to honor those we love who have died within the year or in previous years. The ceremony includes a guest speaker to help with grieving during the holidays and candles are lit in remembrance during the video presentation.
Suggested Readings & Internet Resources
Journey of Hearts
Tom Golden's Page: Crisis, Grief and Healing
Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins - Teen Grief Support http://www.fireinmyheart.com
I Remember, I Remember - A Keepsake Journal http://www.i-remember.org
Center for Loss & Life Transition
Compassionate Friends - Loss of a child
Bereavement Magazine http://bereavementmag.com
Center for Grief, St. Paul, Minnesota