Pellows Bereavement Support
After the Funeral
Grief is our natural response to loss in our lives. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and people experience the grieving process differently.
When a loved-one dies, family and friends can find it difficult to cope with the grief they experience, and can be unprepared for important decisions and arrangements that need to be made.
Pellows understand the needs of families going through the stress of bereavement. After the funeral they offer a free book, ‘Now What?’ A guide for people living with the death of someone close, written by highly regarded Grief Counsellor, Lois Tonkin.
At Pellows Funeral Directors we are committed to providing ongoing care and support to our bereaved families. Grieving takes time. We recognise this and provide you, or immediate family members, a complimentary support service with Karen Klinkenberg.
Karen understands the challenges that grieving can bring. Grief is a normal response to loss, and while there are many common responses to loss, each of us will have our own unique experience of this. Karen offers support, reassurance and education. She can also put people in touch with other services should longer term support be required. Bereavement support does not replace family and friends but rather compliments them as part of a full support system.
Who can use this service?
Any member of a family who has chosen Pellows for the funeral arrangements for their loved one can use this support service. We will contact you a few weeks after the funeral to see how you are coping. However if you wish to speak with us before this, please feel free to contact Karen at our office.
Ways to help through grief
- Exercise regularly – choose an activity that you enjoy.
- Maintain a balanced diet and take supplements if you need to.
- Structure your time. Keep routines as normal as possible (especially where children are concerned) – prepare a list of things to do.
- Spend time with others but also allow yourself some time out.
- Do things that make you feel good.
- Talk to people. Express your emotions clearly and honestly to those you trust.
- Write down some of your thoughts or feelings.
- Limit your use of drugs or alcohol.
- Keep important decisions for a later time. Your judgment may for the moment be a little impaired, so take your time.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Above all, be kind to yourself!