Bereavement, loss, death, passing, are all words we use when someone we know and love dies. We are seldom ready to say goodbye even when we know death is coming and may be as prepared for it as one can be.
With the making of Wills, the organizing of end of life care, hospice and making sure your needs are met and honored as a patient, carer or family member. The final goodbye is often made after the high of being called in for that much needed organ transplant, only to have it fail. There are so many different ways to say goodbye and to suffer the loss of those we love.
Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it's part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.
How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person's death was expected and other factors. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counseling or grief therapy is also helpful to some people.
We have provided you with some links to sites that may have helpful information for you:
A valuable resource
from PHAssociation.org USA
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is pleased to offer a new resource, In Your Time of Sorrow: A Bereavement Resource, available as a free download.
In Your Time of Sorrow explains that bereaved family members – those experiencing the death of a loved one – are not alone and that they remain a welcome part of the PHA community.
This resource also lists ways in which a bereaved person can memorialize their loved one through PHA, for example by having their loved one’s name listed in Pathlight magazine’s Passages section or volunteering for PHA in their memory.
Readers will also find other PHA support resources and information about other organizations which specialize in grief and bereavement.