Our hospice team’s approach treats not only the patient, but also recognizes that the entire family is affected by a terminal illness. After a patient has died, our team will keep in contact with the family on a regular basis for at least one year.
Its important to note that grief may be experienced in response to a physical loss, such as the death of a loved one, or in response to symbolic or social losses, such as a divorce or job loss. The grief experience can be affected by one’s history and support system. Taking care of yourself and accessing the support of friends and family can help you cope with your grief experience.
There is no right way to grieve. It is an individual process and a natural part of life. Life won’t be the same after a loss, but experiencing your grief will allow you to adjust to life after loss.
Grief lasts as long as it takes to adjust to the changes in your life after your loss. It can be for months, or even years. Grief has no timetable; thoughts, emotions, behaviors and other responses may come and go.