Grief Resources

Gardens of Memory

“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.

Click here for a list of online resources for those in grief. Please let us know if you find these helpful or if you have recommendations.

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General Grief Resources

When we experience a major loss, grief is the normal and natural way our mind and body react. Everyone grieves differently. And at the same time there are common patterns people tend to share. Learn more here.

Helpful Links

Caring for yourself is not selfish. The period of recovery is different for every person. There is no timetable for grief, so don’t compare yourself with others who have lost loved ones. Learn more here.

Suggested Reading

Gardens of Memory maintains a comprehensive lending library which is provided free for your use. Learn more here.

Helping Yourself Heal

Allow Yourself to Mourn, Realize Your Grief is Unique, Talk About Your Grief, Expect to Feel a Multitude of Emotions, etc. Learn more here.

Accepting a Loss

For each of us—rich or poor, young or old—there are times in our lives when we must face and deal with personal losses and the pain and sorrow they cause. Learn more here.

The Grieving Process

When we experience a major loss, grief is the normal and natural way our mind and body react. Everyone grieves differently. And at the same time there are common patterns people tend to share. Learn more here.