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Cathy's Mom and Sister finally came to grief support.... January 23, 2010 9:38 PM

As I think I mentioned in another post, my friend Cathy passed away December 10th.  Her nephew had passed away only a year before, and her sister and mother had not sought help to deal with Danny's death, so Cathy's had an even bigger impact.  I was able to get them to go (after much cajoling) to the group I went to when I first lost Bill, and they both spoke up quite a bit. I haven't spoken with them in the past few days, but will touch bases when I find out how they felt about it. Cathy's mom said it was too soon, so you can imagine her surprise when she ran into people who were less than a week out from their loss.  Suzy hasn't been able to stir herself out of crying long enough to do much else.....I hope they'll continue to come.  It might not be perfect, and the tears must come, but doing nothing but cry won't get them to where they need to be, either (suzy was just getting sicker and thinner, and Mom just sits all day at Cathy's graveside and talks to her.)

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Glad to hear it January 27, 2010 2:02 PM

Grief support groups can be a marvelous source of comfort and support for folks.  My Mom went to one after Laurel died and again after Dad died, and she is still visits with many of the folks.  They helped her greatly in working through various issues.  I never went (nobody mentioned the idea--), but think it would have been good.  Everybody has to find their own way through their grief journey and looking at all of the "options" is very valuable.  I know I went through many books, some of which helped and some of which I hated.  But, one of the ones I hated the most was of great comfort to my sister - so whatever works for the individual is the only real "right way".

I hope you continue to do well, too, Janet!!!

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