Grief Support Services For Fire Victims.
For more information call (805) 642-0239 ext 705
As we all begin to find our footing again after the impact of the Thomas fires, we at Livingston Memorial would like you to know that our hearts go out to each and every one of you. We are here to acknowledge, hold and honor all of the emotions we are all experiencing as a result of these fires.
We are here to provide grief support services to individuals and families within our community. Our openhearted counselors are here to offer presence and compassionate support throughout this trying time. Whether you have lost a home, lost pets or farm animals, were suddenly evacuated, are a first responder or if you are closely connected with those who have experienced a loss, we are here for you.
Here are a few gentle offerings for you to consider as you take care of yourself, your family and your loved ones…
- Take life slowly as you begin to resume your daily schedule. Be patient and be good to yourself.
- Be mindful of what you put into your body. Drink more water than you normally would and eat healthy, nourishing food.
- Get lots of rest and take naps if you feel more fatigued. One of the physical symptoms of grief is exhaustion, rest is restorative for your body.
- Allow yourself to feel the multitude of emotions that arise, such as confusion, sadness, anger and guilt. Know that you are not alone nor are you the only one feeling this way.
- Connect with your loved ones in person or by phone. Share your own experience and listen to others. Connection offers us great healing in times of pain.
- Know that sometimes we are at a loss of what to say to someone. Sometimes saying just that, in a loving way, is the best thing to do! Your compassion and presence will be felt by the other.
- If you have a particular strength or know that something comes naturally to you, this is a wonderful time to implement these skills. It is especially important for us all to feel capable now, as events like this can bring about feelings of helplessness. Perhaps you enjoy working with people, volunteering may be a fulfilling experience. And perhaps you enjoy being quieter, and listening to a friend feels more in line with who you are. This is a time to move forward, support one another and offer help in our own unique ways.
- Explore what feels soothing and healing to you. Listening to music, going for walks, drawing on religion or spirituality...We all have our own unique grieving process as well as our own ways of healing.
As the threat of imminent danger is behind us and we begin healing our community, we all must remember that everyone’s grief is valid and quite unique. It is important for us all to move forward with care and compassion. Remember to honor yourself and your experience. Remember to listen to others. And most importantly, return to your breath as you take life one moment at a time.