Grief & Aftercare

Grief & Aftercare

Grief is normal emotional reaction we have when we experience a loss. It is something each of us must experience for ourselves. No one can do it for us. But, learning about grief and the grieving process can help us understand and better deal with our grief and the grief of others. The process may take years and that is OK. How we choose to grieve is also OK. No two people feel their grief the same way. However, many share a common experience.

When we lose someone we love, it leaves a gap in our life situations. We may readjust our lives and eventually be happy, but we will never stop loving or missing that person who was so much a part of our life.

West Laurel Hill has a variety of resources to help with grief. Please call your Family Service Representative for more information.


Books

The Orphaned Adult by Alexander Levy

Incorporating his own personal experience with the accounts of others who have lost their parents, psychologist Alexander Levy examines this profound life-changing event.

Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal by Alan Wolfelt

This classic resource helps guide the bereaved person through the loss of a loved one, and provides an opportunity to learn to live with and work through the personal grief process.

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heartby Alan D. Wolfelt

Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner's need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person's grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have.


Organizations

AARP

Provides grief articles, information on publications, details on claiming benefits, making funeral arrangements, and an overview of financial and legal action steps to take when someone dies.

Caring Info

CaringInfo is a national consumer education and engagement program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. CaringInfo has provided millions of advance directives to individuals free of charge plus free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

Center for Loss and Life Transition

The Center for Loss and Life Transition is an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them by providing books, articles and other resources to help with the grieving process.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.