Grief support groups can be a life-saver during your bereavement. Support groups provide an oasis when family members and friends around you don't know what to say or how to listen to your feelings. Participating in a support group is a way to avoid the isolation that is common after such a life-altering event when you lose someone you love.
Benefits of a Support Group
Hearing others express the feelings and symptoms associated with loss normalizes your experience of grief.
Others knowing how much they need a listening ear are more likely to listen, rather than change the subject when you talk about your experience.
The group comes together specifically to address loss related topics.
You can avoid isolation by participating in a group.
Types of Grief Support Groups
Support groups sometimes are organized around a specific type of
loss, such as the loss of a child or the loss of a spouse or the loss of
Loss Specific Support Groups
Compassionate Friends that specifically provides support for families that have lost a child.
They offer both an online forum as well as local chapters for meetings
to support bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents when a family
loses a child.
Another example of a loss specific support group is Rainbow Bridge providing support after the loss of a pet.