The grieving process can be very difficult. There are lots of helpful resources available to support you along your journey, including books and materials, support groups, and individual counseling services. Every grieving person’s experience is unique, and it is important to connect with support that is most helpful for you. 

Books & Materials 

For adults: 

  • The Center for Loss and Life Transition offers a variety of books and other resources for grieving adults, children and teens, as well as for caregivers and grief care professionals
  • Finding the Words: How to talk with children and teens about death, suicide, funerals, homicide, cremation, and other end-of-life matters by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., guides adults through ways to help children when someone they love has died

For teens & children: 

  • When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book provided by The National Alliance for Grieving Children “is an activity book for children that also provides valuable information to parents and caregivers about how grief impacts children”
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is written for ages 4 to 8 years old, and tells a story about the power of love and connection that binds us together, even when we are separated from those we love
  • The Dougy Center offers a variety of books, brochures, DVDs and podcasts to support children and teens after a loss 

Perinatal loss: 

  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is written for grieving parents who have endured perinatal loss and covers many different kinds of loss surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death 
  • We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had An Angel Instead by Pat Schwiebert is for children who have experienced their families’ perinatal loss 

Organizations

Support Groups & Grief Counseling

There are several ways to connect with individual or family grief support and counseling services in your area. You may wish to connect with one of these local resources to learn about available services they offer or professionals they can recommend to you: 

  • Hospice agency
  • Funeral home 
  • Hospital 
  • Agency on Aging 
  • A trusted advisor, such as your physician or a clergy member
  • Many employers have Employee Assistance Programs or other insurance options and you can check with your human resources contact to see what resources may be available to you  

Here are additional resources for support groups for grieving families:

  • For children, teens and families: visit the National Alliance for Grieving Children for a “National database of children’s bereavement support programs” for a list of grief support programs by state
  • For families grieving the loss of a child, The Compassionate Friends offers 600 chapters across the country “where bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents meet together to provide each other emotional support”. These groups are run by peers, and there is no therapist or counseling involvement. 
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