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Grief Resources

In addition to our grief support groups, we offer the following resources for understanding grief and helping yourself and others cope with grief.

If you’re looking for a support group for adults, find a GriefShare group at a time and location that works for you.

Understanding Grief

Grief can be surprising, confusing and difficult to understand. If you or a loved one is grieving, these resources may help navigate the experience:

Web Resources:

Books available from most retailers:

  • Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One – Carol Staudacher
  • Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over: Help for Dealing with Life’s Hurts – John F. Westfall
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith – John James

Comforting Poems, Quotes and Videos

In times of grief, it is sometimes helpful to turn to the words of others who have experienced grieving of their own – and to share them with others:

Resources for Families After the Loss of a Child

If you or someone you know has experienced the death of a child, these resources provide support and networks to help cope with this very specific type of grief.

Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of a loved one. How can you help? The following resources provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:

You can also send flowers to a friend or family member who is grieving.

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Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member.

PAWS for People is a local organization that supports children who are grieving.

 

The following resources provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief:

Distinguishing Grief from Depression

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish grief from depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that grief after loss of a loved one is a normal reaction to the loss and generally does not require professional mental health evaluation and treatment.

However, grief that is complicated and lasts for a very long time following a loss could lead to depression and may require treatment.

If you think you or a loved one might be depressed, seek evaluation and treatment from a mental health professional. You can find information about local mental health care providers on the State of Delaware website.

Learn more about depression from the National Institute of Mental Health.