Be­reave­ment sup­port group will of­fer grief coun­sel­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - OBITUARY - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail Ameni­ties in­clude: Call 403-823-2121

Drumheller will soon have a be­reave­ment sup­port group to help in­di­vid­u­als deal with the loss of a loved one, and or­ga­niz­ers are wel­com­ing peo­ple to con­tact them if they think they may need sup­port.

The par­tic­i­pant-di­rected sup­port group will be­gin meet­ing in Jan­uary to give peo­ple in Drumheller and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity a way to see they are not alone, that death af­fects us all, and there are ways to in­te­grate that loss into their lives in or­der to carry on as best they can. Vol­un­teer Karen Craw­ford, a semi-re­tired so­cial worker with a back­ground in abuse coun­selling and chil­dren’s men­tal health, says a por­tion of peo­ple deal­ing with loss “get stuck at the grief stage” of be­reave­ment and strug­gle with how to deal with their loss.

“They talk to their physi­cian or their friends but they can’t get enough help that way. The bad side of that is some­times they turn to neg­a­tive help, or ad­dic­tion or act­ing-out like be­hav­ior, de­pres­sion, and we’re stuck with var­i­ous other ways of cop­ing with this as a so­ci­ety,” she says.

She says most peo­ple even­tu­ally reach a new ‘nor­mal’ after the death of their loved one, but the process takes time and is of­ten com­pli­cated and non-lin­ear.

“Some­times the process is com­pli­cated, pro­longed, and painful and some­times peo­ple don’t have proper sup­port to cope with it.”

The group will be driven by its mem­bers and guided by Craw­ford and Nikki Sa­muels, a re­tired nurse with an acute care and se­niors’ men­tal health back­ground.

“The group is help­ful, it’s about get­ting to­gether so peo­ple know they aren’t alone or go­ing crazy. They can share dif­fer­ent cop­ing or that help to­gether with­out a lot of our help,” she says.

Those po­ten­tially in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the group should call ei­ther Craw­ford (403-823-8584) or Sa­muel (403823-2652) for an eval­u­a­tion. The first ses­sion is planned for Jan­uary 2.

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