At the event of death, shock is the natural reaction to news that a loved one has passed away. Sadness and grief will follow, but what do you do when you are also the person who has to deal with all the practical responsibilities of the death?
Many people who grieve do not need professional help. Some, however, may seek additional support from licensed psychologists or psychiatrists. And support resources available to the bereaved may include grief counseling, professional support-groups or educational classes, and peer-led support groups.
Burial arrangements is where the actual planning is a factor, for the funeral and any surrounding events for before or after the service. It's a difficult time, emotions are raw and there's a lot to organize.
A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.
Even in the midst of unfathomable grief, there is often insight to be gained, the opening of a different way forward, new modes of showing up for life. And we may not see them unless we step out of the torrent of bereavement to rest awhile on the shore.