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My husband was recently killed in Illinois when a drunk driver ran a red light and hit him. I am a private person, but dealing with the grief has been overwhelming. Do grief support groups really help?

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As Rockford wrongful death attorneys, we understand how difficult this time is for you. The decision to join a Winnebago County grief support group is a very personal one. However, we can tell you what this type of group has to offer so you can make an informed decision. Some of the benefits include:

  • Helping you to combat the loneliness of grief. Many people, even when surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers, still feel as if no one understands their feelings. Grief after the death of a close friend or family member brings an intense feeling of being alone. A group of people with the same needs can often provide the help that others can’t.
  • Providing a safe place to discuss difficult feelings. Our culture is often reluctant to talk about intense feelings. Grief support groups provide a nonjudgmental safe zone for those in mourning. You can say things in the group that you do not feel comfortable saying in any other setting.
  • Giving you a chance to understand others’ pain. Not only do the other members of a group support you, but you are also able to experience compassion for others who also suffer.
  • Making you feel less helpless. When faced with the wrongful death of a loved one, feelings of helplessness can be overwhelming. A support group teaches you new strategies to deal with your pain and even eventually to reawaken your zest for life and the future.

Many of our former clients have found attending grief support meetings to be a positive part of the grieving process. A grief support group is not for everyone, but if you decided to join one, you may well find some relief for your suffering.

Meanwhile, if you have questions about your legal options or anything else relating to wrongful death, please give The Fisk & Monteleone Law Firm a call toll-free at 888-716-7336. It is our business to help.