Program to Help With Grief Recovery Started by McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home
Assistance with the grief which follows the death of a spouse, child, parent, or other close friend or relative is the focus of McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home.
The program, which acts to bring the hospital benefits of grief counseling directly into the home of the grieving spouse or family, has been initiated by McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home in the form of a monthly grief-recovery assistance HelpLetter called Afterloss. The publication is written to provide care and comfort to the grieving.
The AfterLoss HelpLetters were featured in the front page story, "Solace After Bereavement" in a recent issue of The New York Times devoted to the need for assistance for the bereaved. The HelpLetters are published by Canadian owned AfterLoss, Inc. The editor, Margie Kennedy-Reeves, Ph.D., is a thanatologist and crisis counselor at the Eisenhower Medical Center (also home of the Betty Ford Center) who counsels in bereavement and teaches the widely acclaimed weekly bereavement class at the hospital. Included in the monthly newsletter are a number of articles to help bring understanding into the grieving process and to assist the bereaved in learning how to cope with and eventually replace the debilitating effects of grief.
Articles which appear each month in the eight-page publication include such subjects as the major symptoms of grief; effects of grieving on health; getting past the anger; sexuality and survivor; how to handle loneliness; anticipatory grief vs. sudden death - which is worse?; the differences between 'his and her' grief, and what to say to the newly bereaved person. Questions from readers dealing with grief are answered in the newsletter and a monthly feature, Loss and Recovery, presents a case history of how different individuals met and overcame the loss of their loved ones. Three special issues include one devoted exclusively to child loss, another focuses on the special need of the recently widowed, and the third issue entitled Facing the Holidays After My Loss is also very helpful.