Following the death of a loved one it is natural to spend time grieving your loss. It is a time of emotional highs and lows that can grip some of us tighter than others. At Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services we provide the families we serve with care and support from the moment they call us to well after the funeral ends. We also have a number of free grief support materials and a list of area support groups available to further assist those dealing with loss and separation.
The National Funeral Directors Association also suggests the following ways to handle the pain of grief:
Get support from a relative, friend, neighbor, or spiritual leader. They can listen, without judging, and provide you with whatever support you need.
Join a support group. It can be very therapeutic to be with people who have had a similar loss.
Express your feelings. Confide in a trusted friend or write in a journal.
Take care of yourself. Eat balanced, nutritious meals. Get plenty of rest. Find an exercise or activity you enjoy and do it regularly.
Find outside help when necessary. There are counselors and therapists specially trained in ways to help you cope with your grief.
Area Support Groups
Camp Hope: A weekend camp for grieving children and teenagers ages 6-16. For more information on this FREE camp, contact Becky Loy, 301 Florence Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or call (715) 341-0076.
Compassionate Friends: For parents who have lost a child at any age. Meets every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe Street, Green Bay. For more information call Jeanne Davis (920) 496-0629.
Generations – Hope for Grieving Families: This monthly program takes place the second Thursday of each month and is designed to support grieving families with children and teens ages 6-18. A complimentary dinner will be served each evening followed by separate groups for parents and children. There is no cost to participate, however, registration is required. Call Unity at (920) 338-1111 or 1-800-990-9249 for more information or visit their website at www.unityhospice.org.
Growing Through Grief: Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 2270 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay. Facilitated by Kathy Bauman. For more information call (920) 499-5156.
Healing Your Grieving Heart : An ecumenical grief support group for anyone who has lost a loved one through death. Sponsored by St. Matthew and Resurrection Parishes. For more information contact Ann Froelich at (920) 435-6811 or Sheila DeLuca at (920) 366-7768.
Navigating the Waters of Grief: A five-week support group open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. The meetings include such topics as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care, traditions and finding hope. There is no cost to participate, however, registration is required. Call Unity at (920) 338- 1111 or 1-(800)-990-9249 for dates and information or visit their website at www.unityhospice.org.
New Hope Grief Support Group: Contact Sister Pat Clement, Pastoral Associate for Annunciation, St. Joseph, St. Jude and St. Patrick Parishes. (920) 496-2160.
S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide): For those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Meets second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Bellin Administration Building, 2020 S. Webster Avenue, Room 129. For more information call Mary Doemel (920) 339-8952 or Mike Vieau at (920) 336-0194.
SHARE: For parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early death. Meets every second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital. For more information call Theresa Shuck or Lana Reinke at (920) 433-8634.