I personally feel that having a support system is one of the keys in getting through the grief process. Who are the supports in your life? Take some time to identify the people, groups and activities which form your network of support and help give meaning to your life.
When a person grieves, it can feel like the loneliest time in one's life. It may feel like there is no one out there that could possibly understand what you are going through. Having friends and family to rely on can help take the edge off of your grief.
Who are the people closest to me? Fill in these blanks:
What clubs, activities or support groups are available?
If you are in the New Jersey area you can go to www.selfhelpgroups.org. Or contact your local hospice for information on support groups in your area. If you are in the Sussex or Warren County, New Jersey area, or Pike County, Pennsylvania area, there are Coping With Loss Support Groups that meet once a month.
There are many other support groups in the Northern New Jersey area. To have a list mailed directly to you, please feel free to e-mail or call.
Remember, it's never too early to get your support systems in place - think about it.