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Grief Management 


          Grief is a very real emotion and that many people struggle with when they experiece the loss of a loved or a hurt in their life. For an individual with mental retardation or developmental disabilities, this process can be twice as difficult. In most instances, the individual is not fully aware of what is truely happening or how to express what they are feeling. This often times leads to extreme behaviors, depression, confusion and much more.  


          Grief is experienced when an individual loses someone or something that is very dear to their heart. After a loss, grief is usually accompanied by a series of emotions which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. These feelings may seem overwhelming or frightening to a person experiencing grief, but all of these emotions are components of the grieving process.


          Many people grieve in different ways that are dependent upon personality, coping skills, faith, life experience, and the nature of the loss. There is no "wrong" way to grieve, however there are healthy ways of coping with a loss. An individual should never grieve alone. It is important for an individual who is trying to cope with a loss to get support, and connect with others who will help them heal. Finding support from friends and family members is essential, surrounding themselves with people who love them can help the process of grief move along more quickly. Support is also offered through organizations like churches, local hospitals, hospices, funeral homes, and counseling centers. Many individuals find comfort in sharing their sorrows with others who are going through the same or similar situations. Additionally, an individual can seek help from a therapist or grief counselor. If emotions get to much to bear, a mental health professional experienced in grief counseling should be called to help. An important fact to remember when coping with a loss or helping someone cope with a loss is everyone has a different experience and will overcome grief in different time frames. Whatever the grief experience is, it is important to be patient with yourself and others and allow the process to natually unfold.  


Here is a Grief Resource Book that United Support Services, Inc. reccommends:


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Grief & Loss Community through Web MD: 


Grief Resources in Your Area:


Calvary Church

5801 Pineville-Matthews Road

Charlotte, NC 28226



Pinedale Christian Church

3395 Peters Creek Parkway

Winston Salem, NC 27104


Hospice of Wake County's Horizons Grief Center

250 Hospice Circle

Raleigh, NC



Hospice of Cleveland County

951 Wendover Heights Drive

Shelby, NC

Kim Strange, Director of Grief Services

704-487-4677 ext. 166


Grief Counseling Center

2500 Summit Avenue

Greensboro, NC 27405



Duke Home Care & Hospice

1001 Corporate Drive

Hillsborough, NC 27278



For more information on Grief and Grief Manangement, please call 704-841-3544 or email: