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Grief Support Group
​Theresa Bowen

You Are Not Alone

The death of a loved one is life's most painful events. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most "off-limits" topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers feel totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.   While the experience of grief can be very isolating, we would like to help you take steps to counter the feelings of loneliness and disconnection.  Should you need additional support, please don't hesitate to call us at (807) 547-6000. We will do our best to ease your bereavement and, if requested, provide a referral to a local grief counselor or therapist.




                     alcockfuneralhome@shaw.ca                                     Ph: 807-547-6000          Fax: 807-547-6005  
        821 St Clair Street, Keewatin Ontario,  P0X 1C0            Proudly serving Kenora and Lake of the Woods
What is Grief?
Grief is a natural emotion that follows the death of someone dear to you; and to one degree or another, it hurts. It is like an open wound which must heal.  The ultimate goal of grief and mourning is to take you beyond your initial reactions to the loss. The therapeutic purpose of grief and mourning is to get you to the place where you can live with the loss in a healthy way. To do this, you have to make some necessary changes in your life.
Helping Yourself Heal
You’ve simply got to mourn. It’s just that simple. It is an essential part of healing. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful, overwhelming and sometimes lonely.  If you, or someone you know, needs additional support in grieving the loss of a loved one, please call us. We’ll do everything we can to help.
The Grieving Process
Grief, you see, is work! It seems the body intuitively knows that such hard work requires periods of rest. This natural back-and-forth process helps us to achieve the four essential tasks in grieving:  1. You must accept the reality of the loss.  2. You need to work through to the pain of grief.  3. You have to adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing.  4. You must emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life.
Accepting the Loss 
  Time always plays an important role in the grieving process. As the days, weeks and months go by, the person who is experiencing loss moves through emotional and physical reactions that normally lead toward acceptance, healing and getting on with life as fully as possible.
Grief Counceling
But what if you get stuck? Perhaps you can’t accept this new reality; or maybe working through the pain of grief is wearing you down. That’s when a qualified grief counselor can help.  In addition, we have many community-based resources we can recommend to you. For more information, please feel free to ask us at the funeral home or call the number below.