Coping with the Loss of a Parent

Losing a parent is a particular loss that hits every individual differently. No matter when or how the death occurs, the corresponding grief can be incredibly difficult to face. Perhaps you spoke frequently with your mother or father and now find it unbearable that you can’t call or text them to catch up. At Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we know how hard this time of life can be and are here to support our Bedford Heights, Akron and Cleveland OH neighbors with healing grief resources.


Here are some tips on how to handle the loss of a parent:


Try not to put a timeline on your grief.

Among other things, grieving requires a great deal of patience. No one’s journey through grief is the same, and some last months or even years. There will be days that are easier than others. Try to stay focused on the present moment and ask for support from your partner or family and friends when you need it. Let yourself fully feel and experience everything you’re going through right now. Don’t apologize for the bad days and allow yourself to enjoy the good ones when they arrive.


Spend time with your siblings (if you have them).

Talking to your siblings can make you feel less lonely, as they know something about what you’re going through. Reach out to them as often as you can, especially in the early days following your loss. If you don’t have brothers and sisters of your own, do your best to rely on other family members and close friends.


Seek comfort wherever you can find it.

Grief over a parent’s loss can be isolating and overwhelming at times. Should you need it, our compassionate staff is ready to connect you with local aftercare services. Consider joining a grief support group, whether it’s through Facebook or an in-person weekly meetup. You may also find assurance in stories of grief told in books, podcasts, or films. Be open to finding consolation in unlikely places.


Plan a meaningful memorial service for your parent.

Gather with family members to organize a celebration of your parent’s life. Planning a funeral or cremation can be a beautiful way to honor them. We encourage area families to consider using our trustworthy funeral services here at Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service. We’ve been serving this community for over 65 years and take great pride in helping families navigate this difficult time of life.


If you have questions about how to handle or come to terms with a devastating loss,

contact our team today. We offer you and your family our sincerest condolences and are here for you 24/7.