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After the Funeral Service: What to do About Delayed Grief

When it comes to grief, everyone handles it in their own way. All too often, it is difficult to
understand or know how to process the loss of a loved one. This includes your mindset when it
comes to making decisions about what to do with the remains, for example. Sometimes a
substantial amount of time passes before a person experiences grief. If this is the case, you
may have dealt with something called delayed grief.

Delayed grief happens for a number of reasons. Perhaps that individual feels they must “stay
strong” for the family during the burial or cremation and therefore, suppresses their pain. Others
feel that they want to be “useful” during this time and keep busy to help others. They make
decisions about finances, cremation, and burial, or spend more time taking care of their home
and family. By doing this, they don’t take the time to properly process the death and allow
themselves to be distracted.

Usually, someone will experience delayed grief in cases of a, particularly difficult death. Here are
a few examples:

● Losing a spouse, parent, or a child at a young age
● Losing both parents at the same time, or within a short time frame
● Losing a loved one during an already difficult time (such as a health concern, divorce, or
a job loss)

Are You Experiencing Delayed Grief?

Unfortunately, putting off pain can impact our personal health and relationships with those
around us. It can cause mood swings or feelings of intense anger or sadness. In fact, delayed
grief can cause physical symptoms such as headaches or migraines.

The issue with suppressing grief is that you do not face your personal pain head on, and this
can come back to harm you later. If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from delayed grief, here are some signs to look out for:

● Irritability or anger
● Fear of loss
● Growing anxiety
● Apathy or depression
● A lack of energy, motivation, or drive

Getting closure may mean facing some very difficult feelings head-on. Please seek help if you
believe this is the case. This may be the time to consult with a professional therapist to ensure
delayed grief is dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Baldwin Cremation in Central Florida

At Baldwin Cremation, we understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. This is
why we provide resources and help for those who need it.

We offer funeral burial services in Central Florida as well as cremation services and
ceremonies. This means you can celebrate the life of your loved one by spreading ashes
according to their wishes, or you can save the ashes to make a more final decision later. This
option allows for a more private goodbye. We also have special urns and keepsakes for those
who would like them.

No matter what, Baldwin Brothers are glad to help you with planning and more in Ft. Myers,
Orlando, Winter Park, and more. Give us a call at (877) 410-2424 or contact us to see how we can help.