GRIEF SUPPORT

“Grief is reaching out for someone who’s always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they’re gone.”

The death of a loved one is life’s most painful event. People’s reactions to death remain one of society’s least understood and most off-limits topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers are left totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.

Grief is a natural emotion that follows death. It hurts. Sadness, denial, guilt, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of grief. It is like an open wound which must become healed. At times, it seems as if this healing will never happen. While some of life’s spontaneity begins to return, it never seems to get back to the way it was. It is still incomplete. We know, however, that these feelings of being incomplete can disappear.

Healing is a process of allowing ourselves to feel, experience, and accept the pain. In other words, we give ourselves permission to heal. Allowing ourselves to accept these feelings is the beginning of that process.

The healing process can take much less time than we have been led to believe. There are two missing parts. One is a safe, loving, professionally guided atmosphere in which to express our feelings; the other is knowing how and what to communicate.

General Grief Resources

  • Caring Connections – a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • AARP Grief & Loss – a collection of resources and an on-line support community.
  • National Funeral Directors Association – Frequently Asked Questions about grief.
  • American Cancer Society – Support to cancer patients, family and friends.
  • Growth House – Discusses hospice care, dying with dignity, terminal illness, grief and bereavement.
  • GROWW.org – Message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms for the grieving.
  • WidowNet – an information and support resource for, and by, widows and widowers.

Grief Resources For Parents

Grief Resources For Children

  • Fernside Online – an online resource for grieving children.
  • The Dougy Center – the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children.

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