People deal with grief in their own ways and in their own time. There is no way to avoid the grief that floods us when we have experienced a major loss. It is a journey that you have to take but remember you are never taking that journey alone. Most important in the grieving process is keeping the lines of communication open. Understand that sharing your emotions and feelings with others will help you on your path to healing. Let others lend you their strength and courage until yours finds their way back to you.
There are many different forms of support. Find one that you are comfortable with and gives you the guidance and tools you need to help you cope.
Listed below are some resources that may be of help to you.
Support Groups and Websites
Perinatal Bereavement Services of Ontario
Books Available at Hillcrest
We will be happy to lend out any of the following resources at any time.
How to reach out for Help when you are Grieving
Bereaved Children and Teens
The Journey Through Grief Reflections
Afterloss- Barbara LesStrong
Chicken Soup for The Grieving Soul
Healing the Grieving Heart
The Caregiver Book
One you love is dying
What will help me?/How can I help?
Grieving is work. It takes time, energy and effort to work through grief. Be patient with yourself and give yourself lots of time. Grief is a transition...from what life once was to a new life that is just beginning.
The Grieving Process
The loss of a loved one, you could say, wounds us deeply. Whether you are helping yourself heal or a friend or child, this section will be helpful for you.
When Your Parent Dies
The emotional response to the passing of a parent can be surprisingly complex. To help in grieving what is, for many people, a major loss; we offer insights gleaned from our personal and professional experience as well as specific bereavement guidelines you may follow.
Accepting a Loss
The experience of loss is an inevitable part of our lives, and each provokes grief. Accepting a loss, a goal in healthy grieving, essentially involves the awareness of this inescapable truth. Read this to learn more about loss and the importance of acceptance.
Helping Yourself Heal
At its heart, grieving well begins with allowing yourself to mourn. But there are other important realizations, behaviors and expectations you should recognize and understand. We invite you to learn more about the many things you can do to help yourself heal after loss.