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Grief Support

You don’t have to go through this alone. We have curated a number of grief support resources so that you can find a support network that feels right for your personal healing journey. Everyone navigates this process differently, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Below are options that can help you through this difficult time.

Community Grief Support Group

Because of health concerns amidst the time of the pandemic, the monthly grief support groups offered by the funeral home have been suspended. We hope to resume meetings at some time in the future. As always, anyone who would like to inquire about grief resources or needs a listening ear is welcome to call our office at Call us at 276-623-2700.

365 Days Of Healing

This newsletter offers a year’s worth of daily messages of comfort and hope. These emails are designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal. Below you can read an example email, and sign up to receive these daily messages of healing.

 

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Grief and Healing Websites

Below are several options for online healing communities. These websites offer online forums to connect with others who are going through grief themselves, as well as options for in-person meet ups and daily email affirmations of healing.

GriefShare >

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Web Healing >

Web Healing offers grief discussion boards where you can talk with others who are grieving or browse recommended books on grief.

The Compassionate Friends >

Whether your family has lost a child (at any age, from any cause), or you are helping those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the grieving process as a parent.

AARP >

The AARP offers articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end-of-life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after loss.
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Children and Grief

Children experience grief and loss in their own unique way. When you are also grieving, it can be difficult to know how to best support your children through this time. The following websites offer guidance and resources for your family to help your children and teens cope with loss.

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When Families Grieve™ >

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children’s understanding of death and offers information about communication, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

Helpful Children’s Books >

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different kinds of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings.

Advice From Judith Acosta >

Here you’ll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you might want to read her book for even more insight.




 

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