About Grief & Bereavement
Grief is a natural process to death and dying. It is not pathological in nature, but rather, is a necessary response to helping heal from the overwhelming sense of loss when a loved one dies.
It is important to understand grief as part of the human experience. If you are grieving, some things you can do to help yourself include:
-Attending support groups in your area
-Therapy with a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional
-Get enough rest
-Reading and learning about death-related grief responses
-For some, seeking solace in the faith community
-Seek comforting rituals
-Avoid major changes in residence, jobs, or marital status
-Participate in the International Movement “The Kindness Project”
One of the most difficult losses to endure is the death of a child. One of my books, “On Children and Death,” deals with this topic in a very helpful way. I highly recommend this book for bereaved parents.
Parents experiencing the death of a child can find great comfort in connecting with others who have also gone through that tragedy.
There are several support groups which provide this solace to families:
The MISS Foundation helps families experiencing stillbirth, infant, and toddler death and also provides
The Compassionate Friends is a broad support organization .
Befrienders is an organization specific to suicide prevention and support.
Parents of Murdered Children focuses on those suffering from their child’s death as a result of homicide.
Some type of counseling or therapy may also be helpful to families experiencing child death.
It is important to realize that children mourn, too. Children may not express their feelings of loss in the same way as adults. Here are some helpful resources for grieving children (Adobe Reader Required to View):
Helpful books for the Grieving Child:
Supporting the bereaved is a community responsibilty. Together, we can make a difference in the world!