In cooperation with the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, Sliefert Funeral Homes, Mahaney Funeral Home and the BVRMC Hospice, they will be sponsoring a seven week grief support group program beginning Monday, March 5, at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home, 1615 W. Milwaukee, in Storm Lake. Brad Smith, a funeral director and certified bereavement facilitator with 27 years of grief counseling experience, will be conducting the group.
The overall goal of a support group is to help the participants as they progress through their grief journey and provide them with a renewed sense of hope and healing for their lives. Working through one's grief requires time, effort, and honesty on the part of the bereaved. The group is open to individuals, couples, and families to help them understand and work through some of their emotions related to their grief. Grief is not a bad thing....it is the cost of having loved someone very deeply. This death may have been recent or some time in the past, but the time of the grief process is not the same for everyone. If you feel a need to share your feelings or want to understand them, then this is a healthy sign of recovery and not a sign of weakness.
The funeral or memorial service is designed for the living and provides family, friends, and the community an opportunity to show their support and concern for the bereaved. It seems the society we are a part of today becomes busier all the time. After a few days or weeks, time may not permit family and friends to be there for us or we may not want to "bother them." However, the truth is that the feelings of loneliness and despair are still there, along with other feelings related to our grief. No one can take your loved one's place, but support, caring, and understanding can be derived from people that are experiencing some of the feelings you have after the death of your loved one or friend. If you are recently widowed, all of a sudden your relationship has changed from being to a couple to a single again. We still retain our friends that have their spouses, yet we may have a need to develop friendships with those who understand what we are going through. The group is also beneficial for those who have experienced the death of a child, parent, loved one or friend and are struggling with the emotions in relationship to that loss.
Each week from 7 to 9 p.m. the group will share together and examine various grief related topics. The participants will compile a resource notebook with handouts to assist them in their healing process. For more information or to register for the group, please call the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home at 732-1911, the Sliefert Funeral Home at 732-5010, the Mahaney Funeral Home at 288-4461or Hospice at 749-2741. Prior notification of a desire to participate will help determine the amount of materials needed.
The death of a loved one or friend can be a lonely experience, but here are people who would like to bring hope and healing to your life once again.