How to deal with the sudden loss of a loved one

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HOUSTON – Tragedies like the one that happened on Friday night Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park has undoubtedly left many families in shock and dismay, wondering how to deal with the sudden loss of a loved one.

the Hermann Health System Memorial has compiled the following resources to assist people in Houston and the surrounding communities.

  • 211 United Way hotline: If you are having problems or need resources, support is available to anyone in the Greater Houston area at 2-1-1. Trained professionals are available 24/7 to assist you with access to community resources including homeless shelters and survivor services, counseling support, food aid, medical assistance, veteran resources, addiction treatment resources, support for people with disabilities , Assistance with natural disaster recovery and more. Support is available in over 90 languages. Just choose 2-1-1, or Visit their website to find out more.
  • Lifeline of suicide prevention: 24/7, free and confidential support for those in need is available to you and your loved ones at (800) 273-8255.

The festival was attended mostly by teenagers and young adults and the memories of the event will be difficult to understand. Memorial Hermann also provided specific resources that can provide a good starting point to help children, adolescents and their families to cope with grief:

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Grief counseling

For many people, individual grief counseling can be an essential part of the healing process. If your employer or school provides counseling support, you may want to learn more about what counseling can be provided for free. You can also contact your insurance company to see if counseling services are covered and for a list of therapists on the network.

the Psychology today Website is another resource that you can use to find counselors in your area by a variety of criteria, including specialization (such as “Grief Counseling” or “Grief Counseling”). Bo’s Place may also provide a list of grief counselors offering services on a sliding scale per request through their referral number at (713) 942-8339.

Grief is a process

Grief is an ongoing process. While some have the expectation of being able to “overcome” a loss quickly, most people find that it takes time to heal. It can take more time than we ever imagined. There can be ups and downs. Everyone experiences grief differently, and it can be beneficial to be compassionate to yourself and to others who are experiencing grief. It can take months or even years to feel like yourself again after a severe loss. In managing the pain of loss, it can be helpful to have the support of friends, loved ones, counselors, and support groups. We hope these resources provide comfort to you and your loved ones as you begin the healing process.

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[Special thanks to the Memorial Hermann Health System for having these readily available resources for those in need.]

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