“Grief is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
― Jamie Anderson, Author
You Are Not Alone
You do not have to face grief alone. Grief can take many shapes and forms and touches each of us individually. As you begin to go through each day and move along your healing journey, some of the following sites may guide you:
GriefShare is a tool that connects you with friendly, caring support groups. Use your zip code to connect with support groups in your area.
Web Healing provides you with articles, videos, and access to virtual memorials that can help you celebrate and honor your loved one. Read about the healing journey those before you have taken.
The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the grieving process as a parent.
With AARP you’ll find articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end-of-life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after a loss.
Grief affects everyone in different ways. If you feel you need someone to talk to or have feelings of hurting yourself, there is someone always available to speak with you: Dial 988 for the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Children & Grief
When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.
The following links provide information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss:
When Families Grieve™
This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street and explores children’s understanding of death. It offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.
Helpful Children’s Books
This list, from Allina Health, recommends children books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children from preschool to age 12. Different types of loss are addressed, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them begin to understand the feelings they are experiencing.
Here you’ll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.
Grief and Addiction
There is a complex and often reciprocal relationship between grief and addiction. Grief can fuel addictive behaviors and individuals battling addiction particularly suffer during the grief process.
Learn about some tools available to assist you in your healing journey.
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