Understanding Grief and Mourning
Grief is a natural reaction to any form of loss, and death is one of them. Losing a
loved one hurts, and grief is not something you can solve or resolve. It is a process
we all will go through; it’s the cost of love. Grief can come in many forms. It can
come from loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or even a divorce. Often people
believe grief and mourning are the same things, but they are very different. Grief
is the internal thoughts and feelings we have when someone we love dies.
Mourning is when you take the grief you have on the inside and express it outside
of yourself. Learning to express what you are feeling on the inside to the outside
is not something you do naturally; many people will keep everything bottled up
inside. Sometimes those outward expressions can be achieved through music,
writing in a journal or talking about your feelings with friends or wherever you are
comfortable expressing yourself. However, a healthy mourning, and grieving does
not mean you will feel better tomorrow. Your grief will still be there tomorrow
but you will be better prepared to handle life if you let yourself grieve.
Please check more of our resources below for help on grief and mourning.
Children And Loss
This site is run by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children. It’s purpose is to provide families loving support and a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their healing process.
A club for kids and teens dealing with death.
Children can use this site to get some of their questions
answered and to do some activities.
This is a pamphlet that explains death
to children in cartoon form.
Death Of A Child
Grief support after the death of a child.
International Children’s Memorial Place
The mission of the International Children’s Memorial Place is to provide a place that is environmentally conducive to the promotion and improvement of both mental and physical health through nature, communication, and education.
Parents Grieving Loss
Support and care for parents grieving the loss of a child.
SANDS : Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support
Resources for parents who have suffered these types of losses.
General Information On Grief
Comfort for Bereavement
At one time or another all of us experience the death of someone we love; a parent, child, spouse, sibling, friend, or a beloved pet. We all have stories of grief. No two grief journeys are exactly the same. But professional counselors say there are general stages of bereavement we all experience. Regrettably, we need to deal with the practical aspects when death occurs. Funeral planning, securing airfare, renting a car. I want to provide some tips to make these arrangements easier.
A series of links pertaining to grief and bereavement.
A collection of resources for those dealing with a loss
Excellent grief handbook and other resources.
Sleep and Grief
Grief is an essential human experience. We’ll all experience grief throughout our lives, some of us more than others. Just as grief affects all of us, it also pervades all aspects of our lives. When we are grieving, our thoughts are consumed by our loss. Food doesn’t taste as good. We’re less motivated to do things we used to find fun. It takes everything just to keep going through the motions of daily life.
The Recovery Village
Grief can cause isolation, anxiety and depressive symptoms and some individuals engage in substance use to numb the pain. The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis based drug and alcohol rehab, eating disorder and mental health treatments tailored to the patient’s specific needs.
Willowgreen provided resources in the areas
of illness, dying, grief and loss.
Loss Of A Loved One
Loss of an Adult Sibling
This site is dedicated to the formation of a support community for those
who have suffered the devastating loss of an adult sibling.
What to look for when assessing potential risk.
Suicide : FAQ
This is an excellent place for information.
Suicide Information and Education Center
Teen Suicide Page