Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.
In the days, weeks and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below, or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
General Grief Resources
- WidowNet – an information and support resource for, and by, widows and widowers.
- http://www.centerforhospice.org/Grief-Counseling– Informational site providing ways to reach out and get in communication with support groups, and grief material.
- Receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one. http://www.griefshare.org/dailyemails.
- The truth about grief: the myth of its five stages. http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-truth-about-grief-the-myth-of-its-five-stages/0006292
Grief Resources For Parents
- National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center – provides research, education, and support for families dealing with SIDS.
- The Compassionate Friends – supports families who have experienced the death of a child.
- nationalshare.org– provides support to those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death.
Grief Resources For Children
- The Dougy Center – the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
Here is a helpful document on “Common Reactions to Grief.”