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Navigating Grief

The Bereavement Book

We know losing a loved one can lead to a variety of emotions, unexpected questions, and unforeseen decisions, so we developed this resource to meet some of those needs. In this resource, you will find guidance regarding grief and recovery as well as information for area funeral homes and lodging options for family and friends who might come in from out of town. We realize you may not need the materials from every section, so we encourage you to use the Table of Contents to navigate the various sections. We hope this resource meets your needs and want to remind you to feel free to reach out to us in the coming days, weeks, and months. We welcome the opportunity to serve you during this time.

Holzer Support Services

Holzer offers monthly support to help in the grief process. These groups include trained professionals and others experiencing the pain of loss. Whether it is next week or six months from now, the Healing After Loss Groups are available to you free of charge. Groups occur at various times and locations throughout the year.

Healing After Loss Are Groups Where You Can
Be with People Who Have Been There
Talk and Listen
Grieve at Your Pace in Your Way
Share Thoughts, Feelings, and Questions
Find Strength
Honor Your Family Member

  • Spiritual Care Services: 740-446-5053
  • Staff Chaplains: 740-446-4157
  • Holzer Gallipolis Social Services: 740-441-8066
  • Holzer Jackson Social Services: 740-395-8305
  • Organizational Experience (Kayla Hays): 740-446-5457
  • Holzer Psychiatric Services: 740-446-5937
  • Holzer Switchboard: 740-446-5000

For more information, contact Holzer Spiritual Care Services

Understanding Grief

Whatever type of loss you've suffered, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. But by understanding the stages and types of grief, you can find healthier ways to cope.

What is Grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or think straight. These are normal reactions to loss— and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief can be.
Your loss is personal to you, so don't feel ashamed about your emotions or believe that it's somehow only appropriate to grieve for certain things. If the person, animal, relationship, or situation was significant to you, it's normal to suffer the loss you are experiencing.
Whatever the cause of your grief, though, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can ease your sadness and help you come to terms with your loss, find new meaning, and eventually move on with your life.

The Grieving Process

Grieving is a highly individual experience; there is no right or wrong way to grieve. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and how significant the loss was to you.
The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can't be forced or hurried— and there is no "normal" timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process takes years. Whatever your grief experience, it's important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to unfold naturally.

The Stages of Grief

In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what became known as the "five stages of grief." These stages of grief were based on her studies of the feelings of patients facing terminal illness, but many people have generalized them to other types of negative life changes and losses, such as the death of a loved one or a break-up.

Denial: "This can't be happening to me."
Anger: "Why is this happening? Who is to blame?"
Bargaining: "Make this not happen, and in return, I will ."
Depression: "I'm too sad to do anything."
Acceptance: "I'm at peace with what happened."

Community Support Services

  • Athens County
    Comprehensive Counseling & Psychological Service: (740) 592-3600
    Counseling & Psychological Service: (740) 593-1616
    Crystal Trout Counseling Services: 606-471-9713
    Hopewell Health Centers: 740-592-3091
    Integrated Services: 740-594-6807
    Mental Health Treatment Center Of The Plains: 800-615-3564
    The Gathering Place: 740-592-2690
    Tri-County Mental Health: (740) 589-5132
  • Gallia County
    Connective Clinical Care: 740-247-5463
    Hopewell Health Centers: 740-446-5500
    Integrated Services: 740-208-5554
    Integrity Psychiatric Solutions: 855-468-4789
  • Meigs County
    Dr. Donald Newberry: 740-433-4366
    Hopewell Health Centers: 740-992-2192
    Integrated Services: 740-444-5895
  • Jackson County
    Brick by Brick Mental Health 740-577-5289
    Bridges Behavioral Health & Wellness: 740-384-7771
    Hopewell Health Centers: 740-286-5254/740-286-5075
    Integrated Services: 740-577-3033
    Jackson Counseling Services: 740-286-8789
    Julie Arthur LPC: 740-577-3578
  • Vinton County
    Hopewell Health Centers: 740-596-5249
    Integrated Services: 740-596-7908
    Ohio Valley Behavioral :740-596-9673
    Pleasant View Counseling: 304-675-5775
    Vinton Behavioral Health:740-596-5249
  • Lawrence County
    Balanced Life Counseling Services LLC: 606-388-3120
    Behavioral Health Chesapeake: 800-632-9167
    Necco Family Counseling & Community Services: 740-451-0741
  • Mason County, WV
    Prestera Center, Point Pleasant: 304-525-785

*Additional resources and area lodging information is included on the complete document linked below.

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