The loss of a loved one is a universal experience and is unfortunately something that most people experience in their lifetime. The grief that accompanies that loss expresses itself uniquely from person to person. Some people might struggle with their daily routines and responsibilities, while another person might use humour to cope with their emotions. Regardless of how you deal with your loss, we here at Osborne’s feel it is important to process your grief in whichever way is most comfortable for you. We have curated this list of free resources for grief and bereavement support:
Friends and family
The support of your friends and family is invaluable. It is often the case that your close friends and family are the ones who truly understand your loss and are potentially experiencing the same emotions as you. Grief can feel isolating and lonely, but you are not alone. Lean on your support system, you might feel as though you are sparing the feelings of your loved ones by keeping your thoughts and feelings to yourself, but they might feel some peace of mind if their own emotions are validated.
Whether you would like to hear some practical advice, some wise words from a person who has been in a similar situation, or to listen to some unique or even humorous perspectives on love and loss – there is a grief podcast for everyone. Available on music streaming platforms such as Spotify, this free resource is an easily accessible option. Our top recommendations include: What’s Your Grief, Griefcast, and Grief Out Loud.
Professional support can be helpful to anybody who has experienced loss, not only those who feel as though they are really struggling. Professional support is not always free of charge however, Osborne’s Funeral Directors offer a complimentary support service with our bereavement counsellor Raewyn Hammond. Any member of a family who has used Osbornes Funeral Directors for the funeral arrangements for their loved one can use this support service. We can also provide contact details and information regarding supports groups, agencies and library resources, which are available within our community to help you through this time. Additionally, schools, workplaces, and community organisations often have free counselling available to those who need it.
Support groups are a valuable resource for those who feel better after talking about their experience. Grief support groups are a great way to process your own grief through talking and listening to others. This environment can also foster a strong sense of community and belonging which can negate feelings of isolation which is a common emotion felt when experiencing grief. Rotorua Community Hospice offers a free bereavement support group in Rotorua each month, and similar groups can be found nationwide.
These are only a few of the many free resources available for dealing with grief, love, and loss. We hope that one of these resources works for you or your loved one.
Contact us to find out more about grief resources available.