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Bereavement and grief affect everyone in a different way, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. To understand more about grief and bereavement, browse the resources listed below.
Websites about grief and grieving
Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation's website features a section about bereavement. The site provides information about coping with grief, how to help someone who is grieving, and the levels of bereavment support.
What's Your Grief?
Written by two U.S.-based mental health professionals with years of experience in grief and bereavement, What's Your Grief features practical advice for bereaved people on coping with grief and moving forward after loss.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
Based in Scotland, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief is a collaboration of individuals and organisations that aim to raise awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement. The site has several pages of helpful links to resources for people preparing for a death or grieving one.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer support for grieving people. Their website feature helpful reading about what you can do to help yourself and what you can do to help others who are grieving.
National Cancer Institute Guide to Grief
The U.S. National Cancer Institute offers this brief introduction to grief and grieving. The site is available in two verisons--one for patients and one for practitioners. It explains the processes of bereavement and offers insights into children's bereavement and complicated grief.
Books on grief and grieving
The Courage to Grieve
Publication Date: 2008-06-17
This unusual self-help book about surviving grief offers the reader comfort and inspiration. The Courage to Grieve provides the specific help we need to enable us to face our grief fully and to recover and grow from the experience. Tatelbaum gives a fresh look at understanding grief, showing us that grief is a natural, inevitable human experience. The Courage to Grieve provides excellent advice on how to help oneself and others get through the immediate experience of death and the grief that follows, as well as how to understand the special grief of children.
Effective Grief and Bereavement Support
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Effective Grief and Bereavement Support shows how social networks, whether they be friends, colleagues or family, can provide an important source of support following sudden bereavement. Individuals in social networks surrounding bereaved people often feel very uncertain about how best to offer support following the death of someone close. As a result of this, people often find that their relationships with friends and family suffer in the wake of bereavement. Kari and Atle Dyregrov provide concrete, evidence-based advice about how support processes can be improved. Issues covered include common reactions to grief, problems that can arise within families as a result, when to involve professional assistance, how to help bereaved children, and the main principles for effective network support. This book will be essential reading for counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, priests, police, community doctors, hospital staff and teachers, as well bereaved families and those who support them.
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief—shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance—but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses people might experience during the natural process of grieving. Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.
A Grief Observed
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
There is no sure route through grieving. Jerusha McCormack provides instead a series of signposts by which we may find our own path to a new life. "We are all amateurs at grief," she writes, "it comes to us all; we must all go through it. To treat grief as a problem to be fixed, or (worse still) to medicalize it, is to rob us of the extraordinary privilege of encountering this experience on our terms: for each of us has our own way of grieving, and each of us has something special to learn from the process."
Living after a Death
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
An Irish publication which provides a guide to the grieving process. Its fi ve sections outline how to address the pain of grief, offer advice for specifi c types of bereavement and encouragement for moving beyond grief.
Pamphlets and guides about grief
Irish Hospice Foundation leaflets on grief
The Irish Hospice Foundation has published several leaflets about bereavement. These bereavement resources address different types of grief and provide information on what to expect and how to cope. They can be downloaded free of charge.
Information for those affected by bereavement
The Citizens Information Board published this guide for people affected by bereavement in 2016. The guide covers practical information about dealing with a death, including funeral arrangements, income supports and dealing with a deceased person's estate.
NHS Scotland Bereavement Guide
NHS Scotland recently published this self-help workbook for people who are struggling to cope with grief. It includes sections on understanding your grief, making good use of your time, looking after yourself and more.
Podcasts On Grief
What's Your Grief Podcast
What's Your Grief Podcast: Grief Support for Those Who Like to Listen By Eleanor Haley & Litsa Williams
Mental health professionals Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, the team behind the 'What's Your Grief' website examine grief in all its forms. The podcast is suitable for grievers and grief professionals.
Grief Cast Podcast
Hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd this podcast features comedians talking about their own experiences of death and grief. The podcast combines intimate honest personal stories with humour.
Dear Dougy podcast: conversations about grief and loss
Podcast from the Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon. The podcast is answers questions on death, dying and bereavement particularly how they impact children.
Grief Works Podcast on itunes
Grief Works Podcast by Julia Samuel
This podcast is hosted by Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist with over twenty five years’ experience. In each episode a bereaved person talks about their experience of loss and how they cope with bereavement.
Terrible, thanks for asking
Podcast hosted by Nora McInerny, a self described 'notable widow'. The podcast talks honestly (and with humour) about our pain and loss
Stuff You Should Know - Grief Episode
An episode of the popular podcast 'Stuff You Should Know' focusing on the science and processes of grief and grieving.
NPR Stories About Grief
A collection of podcasts from NPR featuring stories about grief and grieving
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