Nothing puts a person’s support system to the test quite like a crisis. When the clouds of hardship dull the glare of more happy and carefree times, a person often sees their support system accurately for the very first time. For some people, this is a reassuring experience, as they find their support system is similar to what they had assumed it would be. For others, it’s a bit, shall we say, disappointing.
Evidence suggests that social support can reduce the impact of stressful life events and help protect mourners from disorders like PTSD and other emotional problems (Hibberd, Elwood, & Galovski, 2010; Murphy, Lohan, Dimond, & Fan, 1998). This fact is both a strength and a challenge because while many people experience ongoing and appropriate support from family and friends, many do not.
In this webinar, we will discuss common barriers to receiving positive social support after the death of a loved one. Participants will also learn how to:
- Identify their support needs
- Assess the strengths of individuals in their support system
- Communicate with others about what is and is not helpful
- Identify useful support resources in their community and online