Grief Support

There’s said to be a headstone in Ireland which reads “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” While it may be true that no one can heal heartache for you, it is nonetheless also true that there are ways to help in the healing from loss. These resources may hold a key to easing sorrows along grief’s winding path.

Websites

Willowgreen
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy care giving, life transition, and spirituality.

Growth House
An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.

GriefNet
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Center for Loss and Life Transition
A private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief. Dedicated to helping both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum.

Crisis, Grief and Healing
A place where men and women can discuss, chat or browse to understand the many different paths to heal strong emotions. Resources on the site include excerpts from author Tom Golden's books on healing from loss.

Grief and Loss

Grief support information and resources from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Books of General Interest

  • For Bereaved Grandparents - By Margaret Gerner, Centering Corporation
  • Holiday Help - By Sandra Graves, Ph.D., A.T.R. and Sherry Williams, R.M., B.A.,
  • Men and Grief - By Carol Staudacher
  • No Time For Goodbyes - By Janice Lord
  • Suicide: A Guide For Those Left Behind - By Adina Wrobleski
  • The Bereaved Parent - By Harriet Sarnoff Schiff

Books for Children

Preschool

  • When Dinosaurs Die - By Laurie Kransy Brown and Mark Brown - A Guide to Understanding Death
  •  I'll Miss You Mr. Hooper - Based on the Sesame Street Television script by Norman Stiles

Primary

  • It Must Hurt A Lot - By Doris Sanford - A child's book about death and learning and growing. This book describes a boy's reactions of anger, grief, and eventually acceptance when his dog dies. Includes suggestions to parents for helping a child deal with loss.
  • Lifetimes - By Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen - The beautiful way to explain death to children
  • Tell Me Papa - By Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson, Design and Illustrations by Kristi McClendon
  • Answers to questions children ask about death and dying

Intermediate

  • Mick Harte Was Here - By Barbara Park - Life will never be the same...

High School

  • Help for the Hard Times - By Earl Hipp with Illustrations by L.K. Hanson - Getting through the loss
  • I Will Remember You - By Laura Dower with an introduction and commentary by Elena Lister, M.D.
  • What to do When Someone You Love Dies, a Guidebook Through Grief for Teens

Books on Sibling Grief

  • Lost and Found - By Ellen Yeomans, Illustrated by Dee deRosa - Remembering a Sister

Books Related to Suicide

  • But I didn't Say Goodbye - By Barbara Rubel - For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors

Books on Traumatic Death

  • A Terrible Thing Happened - By Margaret M. Holmes, Illustrated by Cary Pillo
  • Reactions - By Alison Salloum, BCSW - A workbook to help young people who are experiencing trauma and grief
  • When Something Terrible Happens - By Marge Heegaard, to be illustrated by children

Adult Grief Support Groups

AIDS Grief Support-Hospice of Riverside and Grant/Kobacker
(614)566-5377

GriefShare (Christian) - Westerville
13 weeks (fee for materials)
(614)898-9412

HomeReach Hospice
(614)566-5377

Jewish Community Hospice
(614)559-0328

Mount Carmel East - Grief Seminar
(614)234-6027

The Mount Carmel Evergreen Center
(614)234-0265

Transition Group- Columbus Cancer Clinic
(614)263-5012

Widowhood Support Groups
($10 per session)
Dublin Counseling Center
(614)889-5722

Widowhood Support Groups
(No cost)
Worth & Upper Arlington
(614)457-7876, extension 409

GriefShare (Christian) - Grove City
13 weeks (fee for materials)
(614)875-2551, extension 246

Survivors of Suicide

(614)279-9382