Our mission is to lead families through the seven phases of the Acute Loss Period in ways that will foster healing for families and their communities at the time of loss and in the days, weeks and months following. In so doing, we hope we can take the mystery out of what to do when a loved one dies and focus instead on how to maximize the benefits from each of these stages to encourage grief, growth and healing.
Event of Death
Acute Loss Period
Onset of Grief
The Acute Loss Period is a process that we all go through after the loss of a loved one, it is non-negotiable. As you look at the illustration below, you can see the outer rim portrays the emotional, relational and spiritual needs that every family will need to address. The inner circle demonstrates the seven phases of the Acute Loss Period that align with those needs. Every person touched by the loss will go through every step.
“How will my choices care for the needs of my family?”
“How is the funeral home prepared to care for those needs?”
“How do I wish to honor and celebrate the life of my loved one?”
We know that “family” is the tie that binds people and communities. Saying “Farewell” to a loved one in a way that satisfies the needs your family faces following a loss is powerful and leaves a lasting imprint on the lives of those who carry on.
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