As you may already know, there are various stages of grief that include shock, denial, anger, guilt, and depression. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and going through the grief process can be very different from one person to the next.

There is also no set amount of time to go through the grieving process. It can take days, weeks, months, or years to come to terms with the acceptance of a loved one’s loss.

People who are grieving often benefit from quiet time of contemplation, meditation, and prayer. For many, having moments of solitude at their loved one’s graveside can help to provide a sense of connection and peace.

During a graveside visit, it is not unusual for someone in mourning to talk to the deceased. According to Shelly Beach, a seminary graduate and an instructor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, “Talking to dead loved ones helps some survivors move through the stages of grief, even though they’d admit that their loved ones aren’t really there.”

Beach also states that, “visiting a grave can be a way to try to remain connected to those who’ve died. Spouses may also feel comfortable expressing their deep emotion at a cemetery after the death of a loved one.”

While it is perfectly normal for a graveside visit to be comforting and help through the grieving process, it is also important to watch for signs of extreme depression if you are concerned about a grieving loved one. Look for symptoms of excessive crying, loss of interest in activities, poor concentration, fatigue or lack of sleep, significant weight change, or suicidal thoughts. If your loved one’s grief shows any of these signs over an extended period of time, you will want to seek the advice of a medical professional.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, we certainly understand that grief is a natural part of the process when you lose a loved one. We care about families and are here to make the funeral planning as easy as possible so you can focus on paying respects and healing.

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