Managing Your Grief
GRIEF: "IS REACHING OUT FOR SOMEONE WHO'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE,
ONLY TO FIND WHEN YOU NEED THEM THE MOST, ONE LAST TIME, THEY'RE GONE."
The death of a loved one is life's most painful event. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most off-limits topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers are left totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.
Grief is a natural emotion that follows death. It hurts. Sadness, denial, guilt, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of grief. It is like an open wound which must become healed. At times, it seems as if this healing will never happen.
While some of life's spontaneity begins to return, it never seems to get back to the way it was. It is still incomplete. We know, however, that these feelings of being incomplete can disappear.
Healing is a process of allowing ourselves to feel, experience, and accept the pain. In other words, we give ourselves permission to heal. Allowing ourselves to accept these feelings is the beginning of that process.
The healing process can take much less time than we have been led to believe. There are two missing parts. One is a safe, loving, professionally guided atmosphere in which to express our feelings; the other is knowing how and what to communicate.
When you're feeling intense grief, it's important to see help. Below are a few organizations that provide grief resources.
The following are some resources that will help you in your grieving process:
AARP Grief and Loss
601 E Street NW DC 20049
Provides a collection of grief and loss resources for the whole family, plus a Grief Support Line and an online support community.
1112 Champaign Drive Van Wert OH 45891
Alive Alone is an organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parent.
American Cancer Society
This organization provides support programs and services.
American SIDS Institute
509 Augusta Dr. Marietta GA 30067
Provides research, education, and support for families dealing with SIDS.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
c/o Katherine Corrigan
5 Vanek Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-5403
Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to newly bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
Center for Loss
3735 Broken Bow Road Fort Collins CO 80526
Phone: (970) 226-6050
The Center for Loss is dedicated to "companioning" grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives.
1000 Jorie Blvd., Suite 140, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Offers grief support after the death of a child, to help transform the pain of grief into the elixir of hope.
Dying, Loss, and Grief - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Fernside is a non-profit organization offering support and advocacy to grieving families who have experienced a death.
4227 S. Meridian, Ste C-363 Puyallup WA 98373-5963
Grief Inc. is the official home of Darcie Sims, Tony Sims, and Alicia Sims Franklin. Darcie and Alicia are internationally recognized public speakers on the topics of grief and grief support.
Grief and Loss.com
Provides grief support services to help with the healing process.
Growth House, Inc.
2215-R Market Street, #199 San Francisco CA 94114
Growth House, Inc., provides resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care.
LIVING WITH LOSS™ Magazine
PO Box 101 Eckert CO 81418
This magazine (formerly known as Bereavement Magazine) features articles, stories, poems and resources for the bereaved by grief educators and presenters, facilitators and caregivers, authors and writers, and most important the bereaved themselves.
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
National SHARE Office
St. Joseph Health Center
300 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, Missouri 63301-2893
1-(800)-821-6819 or (636) 947-6164
Their mission is to serve those whose lives who are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
The Grief Blog
The Grief Blog is an interactive forum created by mother/daughter team Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley offering hope, guidance, and support, to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
PO Box 112 Timnath CO 80547
This organization is the first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.