Help Guides - Planning Ahead


The word “bereavement” refers to a period of time during which one grieves a loss.  Often, it seems like a time-limited thing, as in “bereavement leave” from work.  In reality, your grief will start long before your loved one’s death, and continue on well beyond your two days’ bereavement leave.  Religious traditions and social communities often have rituals and guidance about how to navigate bereavement.  You may attend services, sit shiva, weep, or pray.  You may light candles, fast, cut your hair, or tear your clothes.  You may find comfort in friends, or you may wish to be alone.  You may, again, find it helpful to talk with a chaplain or another trusted counselor or do some reading about grief.