Grief counseling sessions can help survivors cope

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 07:37 PM.

"It’s better to get in on the beginning because the grief counselor takes you through the process of grieving," she said.

That means facing uncomfortable topics head on.  

"The only other way to get over anything is to deal with it," Russell said. "No matter what life throws at you, you have to deal with it then and not put it off till later."

Like the adage says, time heals, she said. "Going to counseling gives you the tools to deal with the different feelings and emotions.”

Actions, in addition to expressing grief, can aid the process, group organizers said.

"You can honor your loved ones by donating to a charity in their name," McGavin said. 

Survivors also can make a list of family and friends they can call when depressed.



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