Everyone grieves differently, and there is no way to predict just how much a loss is going to hurt until you experience it. The compassionate staff and caring funeral director at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory, with locations in Muskogee and Wagoner, OK, understand that despite this fact, there are still six central phases all mourners go through.
The 6 Stages Of Mourning Following A Funeral
1. Accepting The Reality
Regardless of if your loved one’s death was anticipated or sudden, it can take several months to accept and acknowledge the fact that he or she is truly gone. Embracing the reality of the situation is a long and painful process, but you will get through it, and the first step is acceptance.
2. Feeling The Pain
In the past, you may have opted to repress, avoid, or deny your feelings, especially if they were painful. It is only by embracing the pain that you will truly be able to move past mourning.
3. Remembering Your Loved One
Even if your loved one has passed on, they will always be with you in memory. Just as everyone grieves in their own way, everyone remembers in their own way, too. Whether that means displaying photos, taking part in your loved one’s favorite activities, or saving their keepsakes, do what works for you.
4. Developing A New Identity
The relationships you have with others mold your identity. If you lose someone close to you, you may need to address the role he or she filled in your life and determine how to develop a new identity without it.
5. Searching For Meaning
It is natural to question the meaning of life after suffering a loss. Regardless of your belief system, you may be left with more questions than answers, but that’s okay. You don’t have to have all the answers, and you will feel more at ease if you accept this fact.
6. Receiving Support
It can be hard to accept help, but when you’re grieving, it is often essential. Your friends and family will offer their support, and you should try to accept it graciously. Remember that mourning is a process, so even if you do not need help immediately following the funeral, it’s okay to reach out later for your friends’ support.
If you recently lost a loved one, turn to Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory. Visit their website to learn more about funeral planning, and call (918) 485-9525 to talk to someone at their Wagoner location or (918) 683-1700 to talk to a funeral director in Muskogee, OK.