During bereavement, the support of friends and family is so important. Having a visitation, funeral, or memorial service is an important part of the grieving process, and brings together people who can give you a support network. Friends and family will want to help, but might not be sure how. All too often, those who are grieving keep their feelings to themselves, hoping that others will be able to anticipate their needs. As difficult as it may seem, it may be necessary for you to take the initiative.
Your local community, religious organizations, and many healthcare organizations offer grief counseling and support groups. Although it may be difficult to reach out to these groups at first, many have found grief support groups to be a place where one can continue to grieve openly with others who share their pain.
Many funeral homes also offer aftercare programs to help you cope with the initial phases of the grieving process, and can refer you to community resources and support groups. Even if you weren't directly involved with the funeral arrangements, you can contact your local funeral home. Family funeral homes are committed to the communities they serve and willingly help those in need.