Grief

Below are resources that can help you deal with grief. For more information on each resource, click on the underlined text.

    Grief Support Groups

  • GriefShare
    Grief Recovery Support Groups 

    • Location: National Office: PO Box 1739, Wake Forest, NC 27588
    • Phone: 800-395-5755, International: 919-562-2112
    • Email: info@griefshare.org
    • Website: http://griefshare.com/
    • It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
    • GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
    • There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada and in over 10 other countries.
    • GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:
      - Video Seminar with Experts
      - Support Group Discussion Focus
      - Workbook-based Personal Study and Reflection
    • GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a loved one. Many other life situations bring deep grief, such as separation and divorce, a loved one who is dying, estrangement, loss of a loved one to a cult, loss of custody of a child through divorce and more. If you are struggling with a loss not due to a death, GriefShare is not designed to meet your grief needs for healing. We encourage you to ask your pastor or a church leader for guidance in finding a support group or counselor.
  • New Hope for Kids: Center for Grieving Children
    A support program for grieving children and their families.

    • Location: 900 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
    • Phone: 407-599-0909
    • Website: http://www.newhopeforkids.org/grieving-childrens-services.php4
    • The Center for Grieving Children is a support program for grieving children and for those who are part of their lives. This program is for children 3-18 years of age and adult family members. Approximately 300 children and 225 adults go through the program yearly. There is no charge to families enrolling in the program, but donations are accepted.
  • The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
    Grief Support After the Death of a Child 

    • Location: National office: 900 Jorie Blvd. Suite 78, Oak Brook, IL 60523
    • Phone: 877-969-0010
    • Email: nationaloffice@compassionatefriends.org
    • Website: http://compassionatefriends.org
    • After the loss of a child, family members may feel the need to find a purpose in a life that suddenly seems so empty. Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.Through a network of more than 600 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico, The Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for nearly four decades. To find a chapter close to you or to learn more, please visit the website.
  • Books

  • A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others Are Celebrating
    By Harold Ivan Smith, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City 

  • Good Grief
    by Granger E. Westberg, Fortress Press 

    • Website: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=2W960H8CHH&isbn=0800611144&itm=2
    • From the Publisher: Many people experience grief as the result of loss. This book describes what happens to us whenever we lose someone or something important. We all need a better understanding of the small griefs in life as well as those larger grief experiences that can overwhelm us. Here is a volume to be kept close at hand. It can be used over the years as you encounter a wide variety of grief experiences or as you assist friends in moving beyond grief to good grief.
  • Holding on to Hope
    by Nancy Guthrie, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc 

    • Website: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=2W960H8CHH&isbn=0842364188&itm=1
    • From the Publisher: Shunning platitudes and easy answers, Nancy Guthrie deals head-on with the issues experienced by those who are going through suffering and loss. Through lessons drawn from the biblical story of Job and the experience of losing her infant daughter, Hope, Nancy gently challenges readers to embrace suffering as a means of discovering a more meaningful relationship with God. Holding On to Hope offers an uplifting perspective, not only for those experiencing monumental loss but also for anyone going through difficulty and failure. Ms. Guthrie’s story of losing her daughter is woven beautifully throughout, adding a richness and credibility lacking in many books on suffering. After finishing the manuscript, the author added an epilogue that deals with an additional devastating loss–the death of her infant son Gabriel who died of the same disease that took her daughter Hope.

  • I’ll Hold You In Heaven
    by Jack Hayford, Regal Books 

  • One Minute After You Die
    by Erwin W. Lutzer, Moody Press 

  • Recovering From the Losses of Life
    by H. Norman Wright, Spire 

  • Someday Heaven
    by Larry Libby, Zonderkidz 

  • When the Bough Breaks
    by Judith Bernstein
     

    • Website: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0836252829/qid=1055618237/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-8533687-5715851?
    • From the Publisher: Speaking from the dual perspectives of bereaved parent and psychologist, Judith Bernstein presents a breakthrough concept of mourning, documenting the process from initial grief to an altered outlook on life. Excerpts from interviews with 50 parents who lost a child, from five to 45, trace the road from devastation to healing, resulting in a work that is a tribute to resilience and the indomitable human spirit.