Below are resources that can help you deal with grief.
Grief Recovery Support Groups
Location: National Office: PO Box 1739, Wake Forest, NC 27588
Phone: 800-395-5755, International: 919-562-2112
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.
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A support program for grieving children and their families.
Location: 900 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
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.
Grief Support After the Death of a Child
Location: National office: 900 Jorie Blvd. Suite 78, Oak Brook, IL 60523
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.
By Harold Ivan Smith, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Suffering the loss of a loved one at any time of the year is difficult. Yet, during the holidays or special occasions those grieving experience a more intense sense of loss.With keen perception, A Decembered Grief provides illustrations and insights for those facing grief-impacted holidays and emphasizes God’s ability to transform the season into a time of grace and healing.
by Granger E. Westberg, Fortress Press
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.
by Nancy Guthrie, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc
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.
by Jack Hayford, Regal Books
From the Publisher: With compassionate answers for your troubling questions, God’s Word shines with hope in the dark night of human pain. Let Jack Hayford show you the freeing truth of the Word of God, and its promises that one day, like David, you will hold your child in heaven.
by Erwin W. Lutzer, Moody Press
From the Publisher: Dr. Lutzer clearly proclaims the Bible’s teaching about the splendors of heaven and horrors of hell. He dispels the fears for those who trust Jesus and presents the dread for those who don’t yet believe. Whether comforted or disturbed, you will find yourself thoroughly instructed.
by H. Norman Wright, Spire
Our lives are marked by a variety of losses. Some are life-changing, such as leaving home, the death of a loved one, or divorce. Others are subtle, such as changing jobs, moving, or a broken friendship. But no matter what kind of loss readers encounter, Wright can help them find hope. Writing from his experience, Wright covers such issues as the meaning of grief, blaming God, and learning to express and share grief. Study questions are included.
by Larry Libby, Zonderkidz
From the Publisher: Explaining the mysteries of Heaven to a child can be a difficult task. But in Someday Heaven, author Larry Libby gives simple, comforting answers to difficult questions that children age 4 to 8 often have concerning heaven.
by Judith Bernstein
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.