Grief Support Resources


Grief Support Resources

Youth Resources

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Current Grief Topics, Including COVID

Susan Andersen, of SueAndersenYoga ran a series of Yoga for Grief and Loss classes as 2020 came to a close. Yoga offers effective tools to reduce stress and anxiety, whether caused by COVID or the loss of a loved one. Breathing techniques, gentle movement and stretching, and meditation help release emotional and physical grief symptoms that are stored in the body, heart, and mind. Susan recorded three short yoga sequences for Sharing Kindness, to support adults and students during these difficult times. Try them out and see how you feel!

  • Gentle Yoga to Wake Up Your Body: In this short segment we’ll use yoga poses and breath work to wake up the body and clear the mind while sitting on a mat.  A great way to start your day!
  • A Yoga Sequence to Build Strength: In this short segment we will stretch the spine and build strength with Warrior poses.  Perfect for mid-day, or when you’ve been sitting too long.
  • 5 Minute Yoga to Stretch the Spine: Feeling stiff?  Take a break during your busy day with this short yoga sequence to move the spine while seated in a chair.  A relaxing sequence for end of day or anytime you need a little movement. 

from The Center for Loss & Life Transition
Exploring the Natural Complications of the “Why’s” of Funerals During the Coronavirus Pandemic   

from the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families:

When your World is Already Upside Down
Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

Supporting Children and Teens When a Family Member is Dying in a Hospital or Care Facility

from What’s Your
Please Stop Minimizing the Death of Older Adults 

from Alan Wolfelt
The Companioning Philosophy of Grief Care: Being Present to Pain

from Franciscan Media and Ronald Rolheiser
Seven Things Catholics Should Know About Suicide

from Heal
Traditions and Customs for Funerals 

Toolkit from National Alliance for Grieving Children

Useful Articles

Reframing Grief as love from the Provincetown Independent

Roundup of 16 Best Books on Grief 2019 from New York Magazine


ABC Podcast #240: Why We’re All Grieving and How to Deal with It by David Kessler 

Refuge in Grief: Grief Support That Doesn’t Suck – Megan Devine

If your life has exploded into a million little bits, you don’t need platitudes. I made this for you: Grief supp…


Center for Loss and Transition

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., is the creator of the Mourner’s Bill of Rights 

Heal Grief is a social support network for grieving.

Refuge in Grief by Megan Devine
Refuge in Grief: Grief Support That Doesn’t Suck – Megan Devine

Soaring Spirits International for widows and widowers provides comfort, care, and resources to all those greiving the death of a military loved one.

Grief is the instinctive human response to loss. It is not something we choose or don’t choose, it’s how we are wired. It is the normal and necessary journey we embark on after something we have valued and loved no longer exists. Eventually we become reconciled to grief. We learn to live with it and integrate it into our continued living. Healing is not returning to an old normal but rather creating a new normal.
—Alan Wolfelt

Youth and Funerals eBook


Grief support webzine

Responding to Change and Loss: in Support of Children, Teens, and Families for by National Alliance for Grieving Children

Grief Print Resources

Baugher, Bob. A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor. Seattle, WA: Desktop Publishing & Printing, 2017.

Bernstein, Judith. When the Bough Breaks. Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997. 

Cacciatore, Joanne. Bearing the Unbearable. Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2017. 

Devine, Megan. It’s OK That You’re Not OK.  Louisville, CO: Sounds True Publishing, 2017.

Gilbert, Allison. Past and Present. Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2016. 

Harper Neeld, Elizabeth. Seven Choices. Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2003. 

Hickman, Martha. Healing After Loss. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2002. 

Kramer, Melinda. Letting Go by Holding Tight. A Mother’s Insight into Loss and Recovery. Jacksonville Beach, FL: High-Pitched Hum Publishing, 2007. 

Martin, John & Ferris, Frank. I Can’t Stop Crying. Grief and Recovery. A Compassionate Guide. Toronto, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2013. 

Myss, Caroline. The Seven Stages of Power and Healing. New York, NY: Harmony Books, 1996.

Rea, Rahani and Frances Weller. The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation. Na’alehu, HI: Sacred Spiral Press, 2017. 

Rosenblatt, Roger. Making Toast. A Family Story. New York, NYHarperCollins, 2010. 

Tatelbaum, Judy. The Courage to Grieve. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008. 

White, P. Gill. Sibling Grief. Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2008 
Note: includes an extensive booklist for siblings based on age

Wolfelt, Alan. The Depression of Grief: Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help. Fort Collins, COCompanion Press, 2014. 

Wolfelt, Alan. The Mourner’s Book of Hope. Fort Collins, COCompanion Press, 2010 

Wolfelt, Alan. Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Fort Collins, COCompanion Press, 2004. 

Zuba, Tom. Becoming Radiant. Rockford, IL: Bish Press, 2018. 

Zuba, Tom. Permission to Mourn. Rockford, IL: Bish Press, 2014.