It is the desire and commitment of the Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes to continue to provide service to the families we’re privileged to serve even after the death of your loved one. In keeping with that commitment, we would like to extend a personal invitation for you to participate in an upcoming grief support group sponsored by our funeral home. The location of the meetings will be at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City and will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for seven weeks beginning Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Brad Smith, a funeral director and certified bereavement facilitator with 30 years of experience, will be sharing with the group.
The death of a loved one or friend creates a wide range of emotions that can leave us with feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, fear, sadness, and despair. These are often emotions we have not experienced in this way before and we’re not sure how to deal with these feelings. Grief is not a bad thing, it is the price we pay for having loved someone so very much. Recovery from grief is a process….a moment by moment, day to day process. We want to encourage you and provide you with hope that there is a life beyond your hurting. One of the greatest challenges we face following the death of a loved one is that we are still very much in love with them, yet we don’t have their physical presence to convey that love to. You do not need to be reminded that your loved one has died….you deal with that on a daily basis. Through the time we spend together in the group, we also want to help you remember that they lived. Life will never be the same as it was but we want to offer hope and suggestions of things you can do so life can be good for you once again.
Each week we will have a time of sharing, a time of refreshments, and then finish the evening with materials that will assist you with your grief journey. You will be given a notebook to compile the handouts in and this will become a valuable resource for you as you progress through the next weeks and months. Grief is one of the most complicated of human emotions but it also has the potential for being the most therapeutic as well.
The format for the weekly meetings include spending time the first week getting acquainted and sharing our personal story of the death of our loved one or friend. There is tremendous healing in sharing our stories. The following weeks include exploring grief as an emotion, understanding the stages and what we can anticipate feeling during our grief process, “don’t go it alone”—identifying possible needs and seeking help, children and grief and helping them cope with this emotion, being honest with ourselves and others about what we’re feeling, setting short term and long term goals for our lives, and holding on to recovering grief and hope. You certainly won’t be “healed” of your grief wound after seven weeks, but you will come away with a new understanding of this emotion and will have attained many coping skills that will guide you in re-investing in life.
We would like to reinforce that being a part of a support group is a very positive step and not a sign of weakness. There may be a fear or hesitation about becoming a part of a group but we want to reassure you that the group quickly becomes like a “family” and the bond we will share with one another will be a valuable tool to help us work through our grief. Time alone doesn’t heal….it’s what you do with that time that brings the healing. Recovery from grief is a choice. If you are hurting right now, please hang onto the hope that you won’t always feel the way you currently do.
To register for the group or for further information, please call Farber & Otteman Funeral Home at 712-662-7135. We look forward to continue serving you and your family in the coming weeks.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Tuesday
March 26, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa