Grief Support Resources

Grief Support Resources

Youth Resources

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GRIEF RESOURCES

SELF-CARE ROUTINES & ACTIVITIES

Videos: 

20-Minute Grief Movement Practice with Sue Andersen Yoga

Susan Andersen, of Sue Andersen Yoga, led a Yoga for Grief session before our 2021 Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk. She recorded a video of the same practice, which focuses on breathwork and meditation to open the areas of the body that feel “stuck” from the pain of loss.

EDUCATION

Articles:

Reframing Grief as Love from the Provincetown Independent

The Companioning Philosophy of Grief Care: Being Present to Pain article by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Podcasts:

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

Websites:

Refuge in Grief: Grief Support That Doesn’t Suck affirming, down-to-earth grief support by Megan Devine, author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK

Center for Loss and Transition established by death educator and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Transition is dedicated to helping mourners and those who care for them

Healgrief.org founded on the belief that no one should grieve alone, Healgrief is a social support network that offers tools and resources for your grief journey

TAPS.org comfort, care, and resources to all those greiving the death of a military loved one

Soaring Spirits International resources for widows and widowers

JOURNALS & GUIDES

How to Carry What Can’t Be Fixed an illustrated, guided journal for grief by Megan Devine, author of the best-selling grief book, It’s OK that You’re Not OK.

Toolkit from National Alliance for Grieving Children guide from HealGrief.org for talking to kids about grief

Responding to Change and Loss a guide in support of children, teens, and families by National Alliance for Grieving Children

Youth & Funerals an e-book on the importance of funerals and memorialization in the lives of youth

 

ARTICLES

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

Please Stop Minimizing the Death of Older Adults from WhatsYourGrief.com

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES & GUIDEBOOKS

When your World is Already Upside Down: Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis PDF guide from the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families

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

 

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.