Grief & Healing

365 Days of Grief & Healing

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Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It’s important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you’re not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and don’t be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.

The staff at Pace Stancil Funeral Home wishes to express love and sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your loved one. And, the Pace Stancil family is still here for you. I want to share a little information about grief and invite you to attend a free grief support group that Pace Stancil Dayton offers.

Grief is usually a gradual, painful process. The first response to death is generally a feeling of shock and disbelief. You may have said, “I can’t believe it.” Please realize that this is a normal response to death and it does not make any difference whether the death was anticipated or unexpected. Shock and disbelief provide an opportunity for your inner strength to increase to a level that allows you to cope with your loss.

Other emotions will also arise. Generalized anger and anger toward others is very common. Anger may be felt as mild frustration or may border on a sense of rage. Sadness and depression may cause you to have a strong desire to withdraw from others or feel immobile and unable to begin even simple tasks. Weeping is an outward response to the intense loss you are feeling internally. Tears can be healing and is so important that you allow yourself the opportunity to cry. Regardless of the emotions you are feeling, it is vital that you share these feelings with someone you trust. Talking openly will help you move through the grief process.

Additionally, grief may manifest in very real physical symptoms. You may experience a loss or increase in appetite, headaches, exhaustion, and many other physical reactions. If physical symptoms persist, please consult with your physician.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in grief and loss, Patti Savage facilitates a grief support group at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, 1304 North Cleveland, Dayton, Texas from 6-7:30 p.m. every other Monday night. This free grief support group is offered to you as part of the commitment the staff at Pace Stancil Dayton has to you. The grief support group will provide you with invaluable education to help you understand the grief process, provide you with the tools necessary for healthy grieving, and give you the opportunity to meet with other people who understand the pain you feel. For more information, please call Patti at 832-434-3232.

The staff at Pace Stancil remains committed to helping you and your family through this difficult time. Remember, help is as close as your telephone!

A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:

  • Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.


  • The healing process happens gradually, and can’t be rushed or ignored.


  • It’s okay to cry…but it’s also okay if you find that you can’t. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one.


  • There’s no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.


  • Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.


  • The mind and body are deeply connected. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.


  • It’s always okay to seek professional help when you need to.


We’ve compiled a list of links to websites, support groups and other resources that can widen your support network and help you to come to terms with your loss, cope with your grief, and begin your journey to recovery.

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