General Grief Resources

Alcohol 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: 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. See Symptoms of major depression and complicated grief.

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 AwarenessNavigating 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.

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 LossCoping with the death of a loved one is difficult for anyone. But for children, this loss can be even more devastating.

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

Grief & the Loss of a Pet

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.