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Grief Support Resources

Web Sites, Support Groups and Resources:

  • Compassionate Friends – a nationwide organization with local chapters that meet at least monthly
  • Growth House – resources for anticipatory grief, issues in palliative care, etc.
  • Grief Net – an Internet community of people dealing with grief, death and major loss directed by a clinical psychologist; offers many types of support
  • GriefShare – Seminars and support groups located throughout the U.S, Canada, U.K., New Zealand, Australia and South Africa – search by zip code for a group near you
  • Help Guide – offers approaches to coping with grief and loss using supportive explanations and resources
  • Good Grief Center – a comprehensive bereavement resource and referral center that builds a more compassionate community through grief awareness, education, support and hope
  • At Health: Parental Grief – information about dealing with parental grief
    Healing when your Child Dies – written by the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Resource Page:  When a Child Dies – from the Elizabeth Kubler Ross Foundation
  • The Centering Corporation – excellent source for books on grieving and related topics for all ages
  • Beyond Indigo – grief support, products and services for those who assist people who are grieving

Focus on Grief in Children:

Books:

Never Too Old For A Lullaby by Juanita White

This book validates the special experiences adults grieving the deaths of older children have. The author, who experienced the death of an adult son, realized there was a lack of understanding and written materials related to this profound loss. In order to write this book White researched, attended grief meetings and interviewed parents whose older children, ranging in age from 19 to 47, died. Their deaths were from accidents, murder, suicide, and both short and prolonged illness. Never Too Old for a Lullaby includes what these parents did to help themselves live and grow through and beyond their loss. Included are ideas for meaning making through memory books, memory trees, holidays and special days. Paperback booklet, 24 pages.

The Death of an Adult Child by Jeanne Webster

Our thanks and blessings go out to Jeanne for this much needed book that emphasizes the experiences of grief of parents of children who died at ages eighteen or over. For years the special dimensions of this loss have been missing from the literature. This is not a clinical study; it is based solely on the personal experiences of the author and some sixty other bereaved parents. This book demonstrates common reactions to the death of an adult child and poignantly bears witness to what parents can and have done to find comfort and hope. Hardcover, 313 pages.

What Forever Means After the Death of a Child by Kay Talbot

This is a remarkable book, powerful and personal, grounded, and yet ethereal. Dr. Talbot’s research, personal experiences, and clinical practice show how parents have transcended the trauma of the death of a beloved child. This occurs as parents affirm their relationships with the child across time. This book is wise and encouraging. It incorporates much of the newest thinking in the fields of thanatology and traumatology and makes use of the best that is known in the fields of resiliency, development, and meaning making. Talbot focuses on mothers/parents who have no living children; but this book’s usefulness for other parents is considerable. Highly recommended. Paperback, 260 pages.

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child (Paperback) by Ellen Mitchell, Carol Barkin, Audrey Cohen, Lorenza Colletti, Barbara Eisenberg, Barbara Goldstein, Madeline Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, Rita Volpe.

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies (Paperback) by Anne McCracken, Mary Semel.

Love Never Dies: A Mother’s Journey from Loss to Love (Hardcover) by Sandy Goodman

When Winter Follows Spring: Surviving the Death of an Adult Child (Paperback) by Dorothy Ferguson

Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child (Paperback) by David W. Wiersbe

[updated Oct 14, 2009 mem]