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Helping with Grieving

Grief is often complicated and can last from two to five years in duration. Those who are left behind may feel misunderstood by their loved ones and often don't want to burden them with their pain. Finding support through a professional counselor or support group can ease the complex emotions surrounding grief. Seeking help is particularly important for addressing depression. It is never too early or too late to get help dealing with grief.

There are many choices for grief support. Many facilities, such as hospitals, hospice agencies, and funeral homes offer free support groups. A list of resources can be found in the directory.

Contributed by LeNae Peavey-Onstad, chaplain and Manager of Pastoral Services for Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital in Utah.

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