Grief Resources

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Grief affects everyone in different ways, and it’s a normal response to loss. Coping with our grief and emotions can feel easy on some days, and on other days it can feel more challenging to process. The resources below can help you learn to cope with your grief and understand the complex experience we all go through.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance or is going through a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

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Coping with Grief

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Experiencing grief can affect our daily lives. Here are some resources that might help you cope with grief, including self-care tips to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.

Activities to try

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Sometimes doing activities can help you find another way to process or express your emotions. You can also do some of the activities below with loved ones who are also grieving.

Support groups & counseling

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If you’re interested in joining a support group or meeting with a grief counselor, the resources below can provide some information and how to get started.

Grief in cultures & religions

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Living with grief is a universal experience that affects everyone. Sometimes learning about how your own culture or other cultures process grief might help you better understand this experience. 

Helping others cope with grief

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It can be tough to watch our loved ones go through so much pain after a loss. Here are some resources if you’re hoping to help others process their grief.

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Understanding Grief

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While learning to cope with the loss we experience, sometimes it helps to understand grief better. Below are some resources on grief, including debunking any myths you may have heard.

  • 7 types of grief - Learning to cope with grief can be a complex experience, and it might be helpful to understand something we all go through. This article explains the different stages of grief, different types of grief, and how you or a loved one can learn to handle your grief.
  • Common myths about grief - Every person reacts differently to grief, and sometimes we’re given well-intentioned advice about our healing process. This article helps debunk any myths you might have heard and allows you to grieve in the way that feels right for you.
  • There is no timeline for grief - Everyone experiences grief in their own way, so associating a timeline to grieving could affect your healing process. This article helps explain what might disrupt a linear grief timeline.
  • The difference between grief and mourning - You might have heard people use the words “grief” and “mourning” interchangeably, but there’s actually a difference between the two.
  • Questions About grief to ask others or yourself - Self-reflection can be a part of your healing process, and it can also help you understand how you cope with grief. This article lists some questions you can ask yourself or a loved one who’s grieving.

More Resources

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There are many individuals and organizations that are also sharing helpful information on grief. Here are some additional resources that might help. 

  • Alica Forneret Grief and Death Resources - Alica Forneret is an educator, speaker, and consultant focusing on grief and grieving. Her website includes resources on her blog and workshops you can join.
  • Refuge in Grief - Megan Devine is a psychotherapist, writer, grief advocate, and communication expert. Her website acknowledges that “It’s OK to not be OK” and you can find courses to help you cope with grief or order her book.
  • The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families - The Dougy Center’s website includes many resources for all ages. They also have activities to help children express their grief.
  • Helping Kids Grieve | Sesame Street in Communities - Sesame Street in Communities’ website can be a helpful resource for parents or guardians helping a child cope with their feelings. The website has videos you can watch together and activities to print out.

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