A.J. Desmond and Sons continues to care.
The service is over. Friends and family have gone home, back to work and returned to their usual routine. The acknowledgement cards might be sent already. Final affairs are being taken care of. Isn't life supposed to be getting into a new routine? But the grief is painful and ever present, and the routine now feels so empty.
Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is an initial step forward in the grief journey. Remembrance Services invite family members and friends to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, share strong feelings with one another. As time passes, the grief journey evolves. People continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance as they move along in their grief. While there is no "proper" way to grieve, grieving is essential and mourning needs to happen.
Death ends a life, it doesn't end a relationship. Time, energy and space are needed to mourn and to transition. For many, it often helps to share one's concerns with those who understand. For some being in a quiet space is beneficial. For others, both the sharing times and quiet times help work through the pain of grief. Eventually, there will be a "new normal." One in which memories will be cherished, and that treasured relationship will continue on.
A nationally recognized leader and pioneer in grief support, A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors provides the most comprehensive after care program in the area. We call it PERSPECTIVES. Providing multiple forms of support and companioning, it is coordinated by our Director of Bereavement Services, Mary Jamerino, LMSW, ACSW, an author and leader in bereavement counseling. Through PERSPECTIVES, Mary offers a variety of programs, services and information that are available as long as they are needed.
To help meet the needs for those we serve, as well as others in our community, A.J. Desmond & Sons provides PERSPECTIVES at no charge. In addition to offering personal support and information, we also hold holiday memorial programs and other community grief education events.
View the 2013 Coping with the Holidays webcast here: http://app.eventbywire.com/viewevent/?id=183-225
- Offer emotional support for individuals and families experiencing loss
- Offer educational support for those experiencing loss
- Provide specific information on community resources and groups designed to help bereaved families
- Provide personal counseling for those needing assistance in time of loss
- Assist churches, hospitals, schools and other interested groups with educational programs on personal loss and grief management
- For families we serve, Mary Jamerino is available for personal discussion regarding the recent death as well as introducing the network of support systems within the community.
- Throughout the year, a grief support program, Take Time to Heal, is offered. This program is designed to assist anyone in the community who is dealing with the death of a loved one. For the current schedule, see Community Events.
- We offer special events during the year including our Veterans Day Memorial Tribute and Coping with the Holidays. For information and schedules see Community Events and Newsletter.
- Every other year we host nationally known speaker and grief counselor, Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. His next visit will be on October 7 and 8, 2014. Information will be posted here and at Community Events as it becomes available.
- Visit the GriefWords Library to read essays for the bereaved and for caregivers, written by Dr. Wolfelt.
- Mary offers suggested books at the DESMOND GRIEF LIBRARY as well as other local and internet resources.
- To provide a community contact for bereavement information, Mary Jamerino is available for telephone consultation at 248-362-2500 or . Other funeral home personnel are available any time at either location to answer questions related to funeral, burial and cremation services or email a question to .
- Speakers are available for any group on subjects related to funerals, cremation, burial, bereavement and recovery. Contact us for more information.
- The funeral home is available to schools, churches, hospitals and community groups as a resource center for tours and information. Contact us for more information.
- An extensive lending library at the funeral home in Troy is available to anyone seeking information on the subjects of dying, death and bereavement. Contact us for more information.
- We regularly post articles and links about grief and bereavement on our facebook page.