Grief & Loss Resources
Living with the reality of loss seems insurmountable, particularly in early grief. Yet being supported while tending to your grief makes the seemingly unbearable pain more bearable.
At Sharing Kindness, we are committed to our vision of providing grief support on Cape Cod and the Islands, offering hope and courage to face another day. Whether you are grieving a loss or know someone who is, we hope you find these resources helpful.
The Dougy Center’s comprehensive search tool allows you to filter results by topic and type of death, relationship, audience and resource type, providing access to the best information that meets your specific needs.
About the Dougy Center: a national grief center in Portland, Oregon, The Dougy Center offers support for children, teens, young adults and families. Its nationally and internationally acclaimed peer grief support model forms the foundation of Sharing Kindness’s programming on the Cape & Islands.
New to the grief world? We know, it’s complicated. If grief has become part of your life in some way, it’s important to be educated about this human experience, the ways it affects our lives, and how to support those who are grieving. The following are a few of our favorite resources for understanding grief.
For those who want to better understand grief, support grievers and be agents of change
Whether you’re experiencing loss for the first time or supporting someone else who has, there’s a bit of a learning curve. This detailed guide from the Dougy Center, linked above, that breaks down what grief is and what it isn’t. It also includes a step-by-step call to action for how you can educate others about grief, support those who have experienced loss, and foster a more compassionate, grief-informed culture in your community.
For families of children and teens who are grieving
Everyone grieves in their own way, and kids and teens respond differently to loss than adults. There are some behaviors and emotions commonly expressed depending on a child’s developmental level. This guide from The Dougy Center outlines concepts of death, common responses and ways to help children at each developmental stage.
For those navigating their own grief journeys
Excerpt from “The 5 Stages of Grief and Other Lies That Don’t Help Anyone,” a blog post by Megan Devine, a psychotherapist, grief advocate and author of It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay:
Here are some things to remember:
There is no finish line. This is not a race. Grief has its own lifespan, unique to you.
There is no time when pain and grief are completed; you grieve because you love and love is part of you. Love changes, but does not end.
What will happen, what can happen, as you allow your grief, is that you will move differently with pain. It shifts and changes: sometimes heavy, sometimes light.
Anger will happen. So will fear, peace, joy, guilt, confusion, and a range of other things. You will flash back and forth through many feelings, often several of them at once.
Sometimes you will be tired of grief. You will turn away. And you’ll turn back. And you’ll turn away. Grief has a rhythm of its own.
Grief can be absolutely crazy-making. This does not mean you are crazy.
There is no way to do grief “wrong.” It may be painful, but it is never wrong.
» Grief Support Programs on the Cape & Islands
Sharing Kindness offers a range of educational and support programming in our communities, including peer grief support programs tailored to specific groups (such as young adults, children and families, and suicide loss survivors), grief yoga and journaling workshops, and grief support for families, schools and other affected groups after a recent loss. View programs