Sudden, tragic losses can leave a family stumbling. Everyone handles and processes grief in their own ways and when multiple people have to at the same time it can help share the load, but it also can make things difficult. Unfortunately, these losses also often come accompanying the need to make serious decisions – often while still reeling to understand what has happened.
This time on the BIOClean Team blog, we just wanted to list some resources for families experiencing a loss. Numbers they can call, resources they can rely on to help navigate this traumatic, turbulent time.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner Bereavement Center
The San Diego County Medical Examiner Bereavement Center partners with The Center for Compassionate Care of the Elizabeth Hospice ito provide free services such as licensed counseling, financial and credit counseling and credit services. Financial and credit services is a huge, unexpected component of many losses, as the family dynamic may change drastically. Having support in those areas can be critical to keeping the family afloat during difficult times.
For those practicing the Jewish faith, there is a community with a number of services and resources for you to rely on that know your beliefs and experience. The Jewish Family Service group offers services for families, children and youths, seniors, refugees and immigrants, and more. They also provide meal services.
Survivors of Violent Loss Network is a website for those who work with and live with the murder of a loved one and other violent deaths. It is a national resource for programs, offering assistance and support to families who have lost loved ones to violent death as well as training for those who work with those families.
As they put it:
The Mission of this site is to provide a lifeline of hope and healing, addressing the issues of traumatic grief for those who live and work to rebuild life after a homicide, suicide, drunk driving, or terrorist fatality.
Therapy and counseling can be incredibly powerful tools for those struggling to overcome their losses and move forward. Psychology Today offers a listing of therapists in your local area, San Diego included. There is also the office for Therapy Changes, recommended by the San Diego County Medical Examiner Bereavement Center.
For those of the Christian faith who want help that reflects and understands and supports their beliefs, working with a group like Family Focus could be the help and support you need to make it through.
There are many more groups out there, these are just the beginning. The officials, doctors, and other authorities you have been in contact with will have resources on hand that they know and value. Trust them and the expertise they have in the field.
These groups are here to help – do not feel ashamed for having to lean on them in this time.
And of course, seek out the support of family and friends during this time. There companionship and care of loved ones can ease the burden immensely, even in ways we might not expect.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.