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Overview

Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It’s important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you’re not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and don’t be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.

A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:

  • Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.
  • The healing process happens gradually, and can’t be rushed or ignored.
  • It’s okay to cry…but it’s also okay if you find that you can’t. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one.
  • There’s no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.
  • Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.
  • The mind and body are deeply connect. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.
  • It’s always okay to seek professional help when you need to.
 

Online ResourcesHope For Your Grief Journey

It is in the spirit of support and service we make available "Hope for Your Grief Journey" This support group provides education about the grief process, as well as an opportunity to receive emotional support and learn to cope in a safe, confidential setting. We believe that “there is strength in collective grief.” There is no cost and the group is open to the community. The group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, 4301 Monroe at the corner of Sashabaw Road, across from the funeral home.

Please call Village Funeral Home at 248-627-3412 for a brochure and more information or contact Maximum Living at 248-814-0706.


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Local Resources

 

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE
www.survivorsofsuicide.com 
A National group that supports loved ones after a loss due to suicide. Local meeting are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 at Common Ground 1410 S. Telegraph Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 
Contact: (248) 451-2613 or 800-231-1127 

SOLLO: SURVIVORS OF LOST LOVED ONES
A bereavement support group organized by homicide victims. 
Contact: 313 838-9689 

FRIENDS SUPPORTING PARENTS
Friends Supporting Parents offers support after neo-natal death, stillbirth and miscarriage. Meetings are held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Sterling Heights: 586-323-9242 or 888301-8001.

HANDLING EMOTIONAL LOSS OF PREGNANCY
Handling Emotional Loss of Pregnancy provides support for miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn loss located at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland, Pontiac: 248-858-3526

SANDCASTLES
www.aboutsandcastles.org
Sandcastles provides support to children and their families after a loss. Groups are provided around the Metro Detroit area. For group locations in your area contact: (313) 874-6881

ELE'S PLACE
www.elesplace.org

Ele's Place offers programs and support to children and their families. 
Contact: 734-929-6640 ext 16 or aarciero@elesplace.org

WIDOWED FRIENDS
www.widowedfriends.org
Widowed Friends offers an opportunity for social, spiritual, educational and grief support.