Grief is the distance between what your head knows, but your heart refuses to believe. Traveling that distance can be one of the greatest challenges you face.
Losing someone you love by death, whether it is sudden or after a long illness, is an emotional roller coaster. Many people say to themselves they should get over it, but the truth is when some you love dies, it leaves a hole in your life that takes time and work before you can move forward with your life.
Moving forward on your grief journey includes coping with loss. When someone you love dies, your emotions become exaggerated and the grief distracting. Managing grief-inflated emotions and distractions takes time and energy. It can leave you physically exhausted and emotionally drained.
Moving forward also includes coping with change. Losing a spouse, child, parent, best friend, or close family member brings change that impacts social and relational networks, personal spirituality, lifestyle, and responsibility. It changes who you are.
Friends of Caroline offers support groups and one-on-one meetings that make managing grief easier and more effective. Although the way each person grieves is unique, having someone who listens without judgment and allows you to feel what you feel is empowering and healing.
Support groups provide an opportunity for those who grieve to share thoughts and feelings with others who have lost a loved one, who share a common compassion and empathy for one another. It also allows members to share what they have learned from the grief journey with others who can benefit from those lessons.
These groups are free and open to the public:
- Adults who have lost a child;
- Adults who have lost a spouse or significant other;
- Adults who have lost a loved one;
- Students in grades Kindergarten through 12.
The student support groups are done at the student’s school during the school day. Friends has provided this service in partnership with Beaufort County School District since 2003. Students are grouped by grade levels so that the activities are appropriate to each student’s developmental stage. Friends also offers a one-day grief camp, Camp Caroline, for students.
The goals of the student groups and Camp Caroline are to help students understand and express their grief emotions and reactions, talk about their grief experience, make plans to cope with their grief, and recognize people who can support them as they move forward through their grief journey.
For more information on these groups, click here or call 843-525-6257.
Moving forward on your grief journey is challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Grieving Process: Coping with Death is a 5-minute video that presents great tips to help you cope with loss and changes. It is a good start on the journey from head to heart.