Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Grieving is a social process

Karen Darby-Ritz,
Advance Planning Manager,
Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel
and Cremation Center
As an industry, it’s important that we understand loss and grief to the best of our ability, because it’s only then that we can best assist the families we serve. As we know, grief comes from a loss and there is a journey that we go on in dealing with this loss, including:
  1. Acceptance
  2. Experiencing the pain
  3. Experiencing life without our loved one
  4. Memorializing our loved one
We tend to think of grief as a solo effort, but what many of us don’t realize is that grief is a social process and many deal with it best in a social setting. Being surrounded by those that we love and that love us is more comforting than battling the grieving journey on our own.

As individuals who often see grief, we can help families through the process as well. Armed with knowledge gained by our years of experience and continued research on healthy healing, we can help them understand the importance of creating a permanent place of memorialization for a loved one. I encourage you to continue educating families on the value of memorialization and helping them on the path of healthy healing. Once families have a clear understanding that having a place for family and friends to gather to honor and celebrate the life of their loved one can they truly be able to heal.

This article originally appeared in Modern Memorialization, Trigard Memorials' weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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