Help with Grief

You will probably feel a variety of emotions when you lose someone you love. The ability to make it through the death of a loved one can be challenging. You may have feelings of shock and disbelief, anger, guilt and depression.

Caring for yourself is not selfish. The period of recovery is different for every person. There is no timetable for grief, so don't compare yourself with others who have lost loved ones. Your life has changed and healing in your own way is important for the health of your mind, body and spirit. It's normal for some days to be better than others.

Although there is no substitute for person to person contact, we also know that the bereaved often begin by searching for information. There is a wealth of information available at: Grief Recovery Center and Center for Loss and Life Transition.

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Bonnie Stachowski, MSW, LGSW

grief@pattonschad.com

We were fortunate to have Bonnie join our staff as our grief specialist in 2001. The bereavement aftercare service she provides includes contacting people after they have experienced a death, offering in-home visits when requested, providing grief and loss information, and connecting people to community resources. She is pleased to lend a listening ear during difficult times.

Bonnie has extensive professional experience and training in the area of grief and loss. Her own personal losses help create an understanding of how grief can impact people's lives. As a volunteer for St. Cloud Hospital's Hospice Program, she facilitates a grief group and provides bereavement aftercare. Bonnie also facilitates a support group at a pet hospital for people who have lost a pet.

Bonnie is a licensed graduate social worker, received her undergraduate degree in social work from St. Cloud State University and her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Bonnie is married, has three daughters and seven grandchildren.