Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide the right kind of group to attend, and some bereavement quotes to provide comfort.
If you are early on in the grieving process, friends and family may be all the support you need right now. Or if other factors complicate your grief, the help of an individual therapist might be more appropriate than seeking healing in this setting. If this is the case, contact one of our trained professional counselors at BetterHelp to get started on your journey.
If this sounds like what you need, then it may be time to begin researching the best bereavement support group for you.
Doing Your Homework
When you have the names of some groups that seem promising, it's time to dig a little deeper to find out if one of these groups is worth your time.
First of all, how did you find out about it? The most trustworthy sources of information are doctor's offices, hospitals, therapists, or any health professional. However, if you found out about this gathering via the Internet or word of mouth, don't discount it. Just make sure you do your research thoroughly.
You may also want to ask how many people attend on a regular basis. Generally, 12-15 is the ideal number for a support group to function effectively.
Another major factor to consider is the qualifications of the facilitator. Not all groups will have a facilitator with professional qualifications…and these may not be necessary. However, the leader does need to know grief and the grieving process. He or she also needs to be a good and non-judgmental listener. An understanding of group dynamics and the ability to regulate situations as they arise is also important. If the facilitator is a volunteer, ask about the training process that these volunteers must undergo to lead a bereavement support session.
If all these details appear to be in your favor, it's time to go check out a meeting or two.
But the most important norm you need to look for is that of confidentiality. If you go to several meetings without any reference being made to this norm, be wary.
More important even than norm-setting is the way you feel after the meeting is over. At the end of the meeting, reflect on how your emotional state had altered (or not) since when you first arrived.
You should be able to honestly say most of the following things about your group experience.
If you cannot say yes to the majority of these bullet points, then it doesn't matter if this bereavement support group meets all other criteria. Ultimately, if it doesn't accomplish its purpose in helping you feel better, it isn't worth your time.
Grief is a painful journey. But with a good bereavement support group, you don't have to take that journey alone.
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