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The Grieving Process

When we experience a major loss, grief is the normal and natural way our mind and body react. Everyone grieves differently. And at the same time there are common patterns people tend to share.

For example, someone experiencing grief usually moves through a series of emotional stages, such as shock, numbness, guilt, anger and denial. And physical responses are typical also. They can include: sleeplessness, inability to eat or concentrate, lack of energy, and lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed.

Time always plays an important role in the grieving process. As the days, weeks and months go by, the person who is experiencing loss moves through emotional and physical reactions that normally lead toward acceptance, healing and getting on with life as fully as possible.

Sometimes a person can become overwhelmed or bogged down in the grieving process. Serious losses are never easy to deal with, but someone who is having trouble beginning to actively re-engage in life after a few months should consider getting professional help. For example, if continual depression or physical symptoms such as loss of appetite, inability to sleep, or chronic lack of energy persists, it is probably time to see a doctor.

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

Daily Grief Support by Email

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our free daily grief support email program, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

Weekly Email Tips to Support a Grieving Friend

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.

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(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com
(250) 537-1022 or 1-866-537-1022 Haywards Funeral Service
22-315 Upper Ganges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V9
Fax: (250) 537 2012
Email: contact@haywardsfuneral.com