Grief Support


Grief Support Resources

Youth Resources

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Grief Resources Introduction

When Sharing Kindness began, a small group of family and friends were grieving the death of a beloved 16-year-old, who died by suicide. Many felt alone, misunderstood and were unsure about where to turn for help. Living with the reality of loss seems insurmountable, most certainly in early grief. Yet being supported while tending to your grief makes the seemingly unbearable pain more bearable.

Grief is not linear—it unfolds in stages and circles, feeling like a dense fog through which, the light is rarely clear. Although grief can feel very isolating, we are committed to our vision of providing grief support to the people of Cape Cod and the Islands, offering hope and courage to face another day. In addition to our programming, many of us have found these resources helpful. Please consider whether they resonate with you, then take what you like and leave the rest.

Cutting Loose

Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason,
you sing. For no reason, you accept
the way of being lost, cutting loose
from all else and electing a world
where you go where you want to.

Arbitrary, a sound comes, a reminder
that a steady center is holding
all else. If you listen, that sound
will tell you where it is and you
can slide your way past trouble.

Certain twisted monsters
always bar the path — but that’s when
you get going best, glad to be lost,
learning how real it is
here on earth, again and again.

William Stafford

William Stafford, “Cutting Loose.” Copyright © 1982, 1983 by William Stafford. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC . on behalf of Kim Stafford,