Dealing with grief involves feeling your feelings, accessing tangible and emotional support, and using the resources available to you. Here is a list of resources to help you find the help you need.
General grief resources
These leads below may be especially helpful if you’re stuck on philosophical or existential parts of the grieving process.
Alternatively, if you’re in need of more specific, tangible resources, jump to that section below.
Websites for dealing with grief
David Kessler and Brene Brown on finding meaning in grief
Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper on the effects of grief
Guides to deal with grief
- Hospice Foundation Of America grief resources
- Coping with loss and grief: a guide – Columbia Health
- The paradox of grief – The Atlantic
Resources for dealing with specific types of grief
Need some direction for approaching the grieving process? Check out these resources specific to the exact type of grief you’re experiencing.
- The invisibility of infertility grief
- Infertility: the loneliest club I’ve ever been to
- How to cope with infertility grief and loss
Becoming a widow or widower
Consider the following quotes shared by Reddit user u/BartsgirlJo:
- “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
- “Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable” – Wizard of Oz
- “Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” – Mitch Albom
Grief after an abortion
Mourning childhood sexual abuse (CSA)
- Resources for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Grief reactions in victims
- Help for adult victims of child abuse
Learning your child was sexually abused
- Stages of grief when parents learn their child was sexually abused
- Resources for parents of children who have been sexually abused
- Non-offending parents as secondary victims of child sexual abuse
Saying goodbye to a loved one
Grief after suicide
Grieving your own mortality
Losing a difficult parent
- Healing from the conflicting loss of a difficult parent
- What it’s like to grieve a parent you didn’t like
- How to grieve a parent you didn’t get along with
Losing contact with a sibling
Grieving a murdered child
Helping kids cope with loss
“The impact of trauma in children depends so heavily on the life stage during which the event occurs” – Institute of Medicine (US) Committee for the Study of Health Consequences of the Stress of Bereavement
Limb loss and amputee grief
Mourning a lost body part is known to feel similar to losing a close loved one. Whether through a gradual process like diabetes or a sudden accident, loss of a limb creates layers of grief.
Grieving the state of the world
If you’re at a loss to deal with a recent event, consider looking to grief resources for inspiration and guidance. While individual experiences may differ, there are many resources available that cater both broadly and specifically to feelings of loss, mourning, and grief.