Even when planning on whole body donation as an end-of-life option, the grieving process of losing a loved one is never easy. At Research For Life we not only greatly appreciate the gift that our donors give, we also want our donor’s families to know that we understand and empathize with them during their time of mourning.
Though grief is a natural reaction to any form of loss, it is recommended to seek counseling if someone has prolonged grief that starts to interfere with day-to-day activities, causes depression or guilt, causes problems in existing relationships, or if that person finds themselves avoiding social interaction. Ongoing symptoms of distress include: insomnia, loss of appetite, increased irritability, and increased anger. Inconsolable crying or panic attacks are also signs of someone struggling to cope with a loss.
If you or a loved one are showing signs of prolonged grief and are seeking either an in-person support group or online support, Research For Life has compiled the following list of bereavement counseling programs to help.