General Grief Resources

Affects of Grief & Loss on Mental Health Dealing with death after losing someone you love

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hol and Grief, Coming to Terms with Loss  How grief can lead to alcohol abuse. People come to terms with loss in many different ways. In some cases, that can lead them to start using alcohol. It is one thing to drink alcohol recreationally. Someone could go for years drinking modestly without developing a problem, but once they start drinking for a specific reason, be it grief, depression, or even anger, they can easily fall down a rabbit hole of abuse.

American Cancer Society  Symptoms of  major depression and complicated grief – it’s common for people to have sadness, pain, anger, bouts of crying, and a depressed mood after a loved one dies. It’s important to know about normal grief responses so that you can know if the bereaved person might be getting worse—going into a major depression.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  The Survivor Outreach Program: Provides support to newly-bereaved survivors of suicide loss.

American Hospice Foundation  See Grief at Work: A Guide for Employees and Managers

AARP Grief & Loss  A collection of resources and an on-line support community.

Death & Dying  Discusses dying, funerals and grief

Drug Rehab  Coping with the stigma of grieving an overdose death

Grief Awareness  Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness and Understanding

Grief Net  An internet community of person dealing with grief, death and major loss

Growth House  Discusses hospice care, dying with dignity, terminal illness, grief and bereavement

Loss & Grief  Grieving is one of our most difficult experiences. It is not easy but it is a natural response to loss and a normal part of life. Meeting our grief, we heal, grow and find inspiration for the future. The resources offered here will help you to better understand this journey and support you as you move through it.

Help Guide  Coping with grief and loss

Mesothelioma Deaths/Grief Counseling  Grief counseling after losing a loved one to Mesothelioma

National Alliance for Grieving Children  Provides resource materials for professionals and volunteers working with grieving children, teens, families and the communities where they live.

Pet Grieving  How pets mourn the loss of their companion. The loss of a beloved pet is painful for any owner. But for a pet, the death of a person or other animal companion can be just as traumatic. Pets, like people, form strong attachments to family members whether canine, feline or human. If grief can be described as a huge sense of loss combined with the anxiety of trying to come to terms with that loss, then yes, pets do grieve.

Preparing for the Death of a Terminally-Ill Loved One  What to expect and how to help the entire family move forward

Survivor’s Guide to Life Insurance Death Benefits  The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult losses you will ever experience. In addition to the emotional weight of grief, you may also face significant financial hurdles, especially if the loved one provided financially for you and your household. Death benefits from a life insurance policy can help replace this crucial income. This guide will help you navigate important financial steps to take after losing a loved one.

The Recovery Village  Grief and loss treatment

Webhealing  The path of grief can be tough. Webhealing offers a variety of resources.

What’s Your Grief  Baltimore-based mental health professionals with 20+ years of experience in grief and bereavement, specifically grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.

WidowNet  An information and support resource for, and by, widows and widowers

Grief Resources for Parents

Bereaved Parents USA  A nationwide organization designed to support bereaved families.

Grief Haven  Providing support and resources for parents and others who have lost a child.

Surviving Your Child’s Suicide  Finding peace after tragedy.

The Compassionate Friends  Supports families who have experienced the death of a child.

Grief Resources for Children, Students, Young Adults

Fernside Online  An online resource for grieving children

The Dougy Center  Provider of peer support groups for grieving children

Grief Encounter  Helping bereaved children through games, workbooks, songs, books

Guidelines for helping children grieve  Children express grief in their own way.

Helping a Child Cope with Grief and Loss  Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult for anyone. But for children, this loss can be even more devastating.

Life Lessons Children Can Learn at Funerals  Death and funerals are an inescapable part of life. It’s hard to know what to do when our children encounter death for the first time. As much as we would like to protect them from pain and distress, we can’t. But we can teach them how to process death and cope with grief in healthy ways.

Managing Grief While in College  Your Guide to Navigating One of Life’s Toughest Assignments

Seven Ways to Help a Child with Autism Deal with Death  Whether it’s a beloved pet who is crossing the rainbow bridge, a grandparent, family friend, or some other loved one, you might be at a loss for words as to how to explain this normal yet difficult phenomenon to a sweet and innocent child, especially if that child has autism.

When Families Grieve  Created by Sesame Street Workshop and designed to help your family work through complex emotions, remember the life of a loved one, and find strength in one another. Talk with your child about his/her feelings. Listen to both your child’s words and behaviors. Take cues from your child allowing him/her to express emotions and to ask questions when he/she feels ready. Connect as a family. You are not alone. Together you can move forward.

Youth & Funerals  Understanding the important role funerals and memorialization play in the lives of youth

Loss of a Pet

Children Coping With The Loss of A Pet  A guide to helping children cope with the loss of a pet

Coping with the Death of a Pet – Understanding Pet Loss Grief

Coping with the Loss of a Pet  The grief you feel over the loss of a pet should never be minimized. Whether the animal was a favorite feline, a faithful dog or even a little turtle, pet loss can spark deep feelings of grief in the people who care for the cherished creature.

Grief & the Loss of a Pet

How long after the death of a dog should you get another dog?  The death of a beloved pet is heartbreaking and the grief does not go away overnight. Many owners struggle with the decision to get a new dog. How long should you wait before getting your next dog? Will you ever be ready to share your life with another dog?

Nine Loving Ideas to Honor a Beloved Pet That Has Passed Away  Every moment we spend with them is precious. When they are no longer a part of our lives, it can be very difficult. Coping with their loss takes time and memorializing your pet can help you and your family work through the grieving process in a personal way.

Pet Memorials at Home  Whether you’re considering cremation or burial for your four-legged family member, here are the logistical and legal considerations you should be aware of as you plan.