The idea of placing a loved one in hospice following a battle with a long illness can be stressful for all involved. Of course, hospice is meant to care for patients and make them comfortable in their final days, weeks, or months. For the family members who are looking on, however, the grief may begin long before the person passes away. No one likes seeing a parent, sibling, or friend in hospice.
We understand that grief is a complicated emotion that doesn’t always have simple solutions. Fortunately, Capital Caring Health’s grief counseling in Maryland is here to address your grieving concerns, whether you have used our hospice services or not. Many of our grief counselors are licensed social workers who can work with you for a short-term period to help you through these trying times.
What Are the Symptoms of Grief?
To help you determine whether our grief support in Largo, Maryland, is right for you, we want to detail some conditions that could be symptoms of grief. If you experience any of these symptoms during your loved one’s hospice phase or after the death, you may benefit from Capital Caring Health’s services.
Agitation and Anxiety
Agitation and anxiety may go hand in hand sometimes. When you are grieving the loss or impending loss of a loved one, you may feel tense and unable to relax or be “off.” You might be nervous, on-edge, or worried about something indistinct. These are likely unpleasant feelings for you to experience, but they are often part and parcel of grief. Our grief counselors can help you work through your symptoms as you move through the stages of your grief.
Sadness and Loneliness
The loss of any loved one, particularly someone to whom you were close, can be devastating. It is natural to feel sad about the death and about life in general. You have just lost someone you loved, and you miss them. The sudden void where that person used to be causes a dissonance in your mind, and you are sad as a result. At the same time, loneliness may creep in, as well. Without that person in your life, maybe you feel suddenly alone and without protection or companionship. Sadness and loneliness are natural feelings, and definitely a part of the grieving process. While no one should try to hurry these feelings along or deny them, it is advisable to try to cope with them as best you can. Capital Caring Health’s grief counseling in Montgomery County, Maryland, can help you to deal with your grief in healthy ways and recognize that these feelings will not necessarily last forever.
Hopelessness and Apathy
Death is a real part of life, as unpleasant as that may be for those of us who are left. Many people find it difficult to face that reality, and when it finally comes to pass for one of their loved ones, they are not sure they can ever return to normal living again. This may be the case for you. Perhaps you feel that life is no longer worth living, or that there is no more point in doing anything or trying to be happy. That hopelessness may lead to apathy, or a lack of interest in or concern for anything.
These are common, natural feelings for people who are grieving. Our grief counselors do not try to eliminate these feelings or tell you that you “should not feel this way.” However, what our grief support in Maryland will do is to help you cope with your feelings and try to get you to see that life does have to be this way forever. We will help you to accept the death and still be able to live your life to the fullest while remembering and honoring your loved one.
Compassionate Grief Support in Maryland
You can see how grief can be enormously complex, and how it can last for months or even years. At Capital Caring Health, we offer short-term grief counseling in Maryland, whether your loved ones have utilized our hospice services or not. These services are available for individuals and families. We can help you as much as we can, but if you need an external referral, we can make one for you, as well.
We invite you to call us at 800-737-2508 or contact us using our online form to learn more about Capital Caring Health’s Maryland grief counseling services.