Healing Through Grieving
For anyone who
has lost a loved one

Benefits for Retirement Communities

The Healing through Grieving Program is designed to keep
the bereaved involved in the process of healing through grieving.

Healing through grieving leads to:
 
Accepting that your loved one has died

Feeling better physically and emotionally

Having realistic memories,
good and bad, without guilt

Putting your life back together
(it wonít be the same)

Discovering a larger perspective of death that may have religious/spiritual meaning
Grieving is a process
that takes time
and effort.


Benefits to the Residents: Benefits to the Staff:
  • Acknowledges the loss and grief
  • Opportunity to express love and
    support by the Residents in a practical
    way when the program is provided by
    a Bereavement Memorial Fund
  • Reduces the impact of grief on the residents
  • Builds a community culture of
    caring for each other
     
  • Acknowledges the loss and grief that accompanies a death
  • Expresses the love and support
    of the staff
  • Reduces the impact of grief on
    the care-givers, e.g. burnout
    and poorer work performance
     

Benefits to the Institution:  
  • Acknowledges the loss and grief
  • Expresses the Administrations Support
  • Demonstrates concern for the Staff as well as residents
  • The Program is a resource for stimulating discussion around relevant issues in the grieving process in grief support and educational groups.
    (The Program comes with a Leaderís Guide)
  •  Is an excellent marketing tool.

    Giving copies of Loss of Parent
    (Adult Loss) to adult children of
    a deceased resident shows that
    the home or facility values the
    residents
    in the community

    They also get in touch with
    their own mortality and future
    need
    for entering such a caring
    community.

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Rev. Kenneth E. Reed, Ph. D.
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