Bereavement Support Group
Coral Springs Funeral Home works in collaboration with Aprile Andelle, M.S., who serves as the facilitator of the group grief support sessions that meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month inside Coral Springs Funeral Home.
Aprile received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, one of the top schools in the country for the discipline of Family Therapy. She is currently a candidate in the Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Aprile is the Vice President of Broward Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (BAMFT) and a member of numerous Marriage and Family Therapy organizations. If you or someone you know might benefit from group support, please call the funeral home at 954.255.8411 for more details. Click HERE to visit Aprile's website.
Grief & Grieving
Grief is a normal reaction to a loss. Loss can be any kind of loss not just a loss to death. A loss can be a person, job, relationship, etc. It can encompass a wide range of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Often, people are left with a lot of unanswered questions especially when it comes to the death of a loved one. People respond to grief very differently. Responses can be physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and even spiritual. It is important to remember that each person’s grief experience is totally different, and it is helpful to remind ourselves of this.
Emotional: sadness, yearning, frustration, guilt, regret, anger, hopelessness, despair, confusion...
Physical: sleep problems, change in appetite, lethargy, illness...
Behavioral: laughing, crying, sharing feelings and memories, isolating, displaying anger, engaging in activities, avoiding...
Cognitive: dreaming about the deceased or loss, replaying the loss or death over and over, thinking you could have done something to prevent the death or loss, thinking of the losses yet to come, or worrying about responding to people who ask about the death or loss...
Spiritual: questioning one’s faith or finding comfort in one’s faith, being angry for your loved one being “taken away.”
Grief has no timetable, and there is no one way to grief. For some, grief lasts several months and for others it can last years. Most people are able to eventually return to their normal day to day activities and find enjoyment again in life, with moments and bouts of sadness when thinking about the loss or deceased. Be kind to yourself and others, grieving can be hard work at times.
Healing from Grief
People are resilient and often turn to faith, friends and family for support as they begin the process of recovery and healing from their loss. People may also find support in attending bereavement groups or 1:1 counseling. For some, grieving can feel insurmountable and never-ending, and they are unable to return to normal everyday activities even after a time. If you or someone you know are experiencing feelings of wanting or wishing to die or turning to alcohol, drugs or other addictions to cope, seeking a consultation from a qualified professional may be beneficial. I am here to help and support you and your family during your time of healing. Do not hesitate to reach out and call me at 954-774-2500, or email me at AprileColeman@gmail.com.