The newly formed Life After Loss bereavement support network will conduct its next meeting on Monday.
The group has been formed to give those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation to gain strength and understanding to accept the often unacceptable in their journey.
Meetings are organised in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, enabling residents to connect with like-minded people who know the ache that lies within after the loss of a loved one and who can offer comfort in times of need.
The following are five tips for people deep in grief.
Just breathe. Take five deep breaths whenever required, take five to go for a walk outside and get some fresh air in your lungs. It will elevate your mood.
Have extra rest as grief is very hard on your body and you have just received a massive blow, so be mindful of what your body needs.
Avoid heavy drinking as it will only exaggerate your sadness.
Try very hard to focus on the positive impact your loved one has given you. Try being the big ask here, but it is worth it if you do.
If your thoughts keep seeing them in death only, quickly change that memory to a picture of them smiling and laughing. This is how they want you to remember them. Be mindful of your thoughts, as they can sometimes be your own worst enemy. Let the beautiful thoughts and loving memories in.
Life After Loss meets on the first Monday of every month in the Jade Room at the Stawell Health and Community Centre in Patrick Street. The next meeting is on Monday, June 2 commencing at 2pm.
For further information, contact Tracey Ellen on 0428 584 350 or Alison Duxson on 5358 740.
If the situation requires more experienced professionals contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.