Thursday, July 23, 2015

What is good grief all about?

Erin Brodbeck, LCSW,CT
Sunset Funeral Home,
Director of Grief
On the first Monday of every month, Sunset Funeral Home hosts a lunch for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, called the “Good Grief Lunch.” It’s been a great source of support for many individuals who are learning to live their lives without their loved ones. It truly has been good for their grief.

This lunch got me thinking about how good of a job we are doing as funeral professionals in promoting good grief. Do we even know what it really is? Funerals and other rituals are one of the first steps in good grief, but are something that our culture tends to avoid. Rituals can help the newly bereaved to face grief head on; something that is essential to healthy healing.

I would encourage all of you to stop and take a minute to think about the grief side of our industry. Maybe some of you can relate to the grief the families you serve endure. If you can remember the way you were feeling after the loss of your loved one and what helped you through it, then those feelings could potentially help do something for the families you serve during the worst time in their lives. By taking the time to empathize with them, some truly remarkable ideas can emerge that will help them start on their grief journey the right way. And that is what good grief is all about.

If you are looking for some ideas on how to help encourage good grief, contact me at


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