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Grief & Bereavement

Bereavement, derived from the root "reave", meaning to rob or forcibly deprive, is a state an individual enters when they have been deprived or robbed of something of value. Grief is the bereaved person's internal emotional response to that loss. There is a process that the bereaved goes through to make sense of the loss and to begin to heal.

Funeral Etiquette: 7 Insensitive Comments to Avoid Using
Seven insensitive comments you should never utter to someone grieving the death of a loved one.

Words of Inspiration: Husband
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a husband.

Words of Inspiration: Grief, Loss and Mourning
Inspirational quotes on grief, loss and mourning following the death of a loved one.

Words of Inspiration: Wife
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a wife.

Words of Inspiration: Pets
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a pet.

10 Ways to Honor a Deceased Coworker
10 meaningful ways that you can honor a deceased coworker, colleague or business associate and keep his or her memory alive.

Should Infants and Children Attend Funerals?
The key factors to consider when deciding if your infant or child should attend a funeral, memorial and/or burial service.

Words of Inspiration: Infants
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a baby.

Words of Inspiration: Workplace
A select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a coworker, boss or supervisor at a workplace.

Words of Inspiration: Shakespeare
A select collection of quotes on grief, loss, mortality and death from William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Words of Inspiration: Downton Abbey
Inspirational quotes on death, dying and grief expressed by characters on the PBS series "Downton Abbey."

Words of Inspiration: Soldiers
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a soldier.

10 Ways to Honor Your Deceased Dad on Father's Day
Meaningful ways you can keep your father's memory alive during the holiday.

10 Ways to Honor a Deceased Veteran on Memorial Day
Meaningful ways you can keep a deceased military veteran's memory alive during the holiday.

10 Ways to Honor Your Deceased Mom on Mother's Day
Meaningful ways you can keep your mother's memory alive during the holiday.

Anticipatory Grief
Explanation of Anticipatory Grief.

10 Tips to Help Yourself In Times of Grief
10 Tips to help yourself through times of grief from About.com's Guide to Palliative Care.

What Do I Say to a Grieving Parent?
What do you say to a parent who has lost a child? Find out helpful things you can say and learn what NOT to say.

Letting Go of Grief
Thoughts about letting go of grief from About.com's Guide to Palliative Care.

Coping With Holiday Grief - Share Your Tips for Coping With H…
Readers share their tips for coping with grief during the holiday season.

Survivor's Checklist After Death
After the death of a loved one, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the tasks that need to be done. There are several things that need to be done and grief makes it difficult to focus on priorities and take action. Here is a simple checklist for survivor's to help you prioritize and keep track of what needs to be done after the dea…

Your Condolence Letter Tips - Readers Share Condolence Letter Tips
Readers share their own tips for giving condolences with condolence letters.

The Four Phases and Tasks of Grief
Understanding the four phases and tasks of grief and mourning is first step to moving through the grieving process.

Grief and Mourning
Grief is a bereaved person’s internal emotional response to the loss event. Mourning is the outward expression of grief. There are four phases and four tasks a bereaved person must move through to heal.

Help a Grieving Friend - Tips to Help a Grieving Friend
Tips from readers for helping a grieving friend or family member.

When a Friend is Grieving
Tips for helping a grieving friend and offering your condolences.

Getting Through the Holidays
Strategies for surviving grief during the holidays. Information on the holidays and grief.

Surviving Valentine's Day with a Broken Heart
Tips for surviving Valentine's day when your grieving the loss of a loved one.

The Needs of Grieving Children
Learn about how children deal with grief. Find out what myths about children's grief could be keeping them from getting the support they need.

Myths and Truths Regarding Grief and Mourning
There are several myths that circulate in our society about grief and mourning. My hope is that becoming aware of these myths and the truths behind them will prepare you to move through the grief process more smoothly.

Explaining Death to Children - Tips for Explaining Death to Children
Explaining Death to Children - Tips for Explaining Death to Children

Grief Quotes, Poems, and Words of Inspiration - Quotes and Po…
Quotes, poems, and words of inspiration submitted by readers about death, dying, and grief.

Words of Inspiration
Inspirational quotes on death, dying, and grief.

Explaining Death to Children - Tips for Talking About and Explaining Death to...
Readers share how they explained death to their children.

The Gifts of Grief
A beautifully moving and inspiring film about the complexity and individuality of grief and loss. A must have for grief support groups, churches, hospice agencies, hospitals, schools, and any other organization that serves the dying and the grieving.

Grief Share
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Compassionate Friends Network
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Words of Inspiration: Mothers
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a mother.

Words of Inspiration: Fathers
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a father.

Children's Grief Books (Young Children)

Stories are timeless and universal and can be an effective tool to help children and teens cope with grief and loss. Here is a list of books I recommend for children and teens.

Preschool to Early Grade School

Words of Inspiration: Children
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a child.

Sympathy Gifts
Buying gifts for friends or loved ones who are grieving a loss can be a challenge. Whether you are giving the gift immediately following a death or gifting someone for the holidays or their birthday, you want the gift to be meaningful and respectful of their grief. Here are five gift ideas for you to consider any time of the year.

Words of Inspiration: Friends
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a friend.

Words of Inspiration: Grandparents
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a grandparent.

Words of Inspiration: Sisters
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a sister.

How to Honor the Deceased at Your Wedding
Tips from Nina Callaway, Guide to Weddings, for remembering a deceased loved one on your special day.

Words of Inspiration: Brothers
Inspirational quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a brother.

Grief Support Groups, Resources & Information
A list of organizations offering nationwide grief support/recovery group services, information and other resources to help those mourning a loss to death.

Coping with an Impending Death
Suggestions to help people cope with the impending death of a loved one.

When the Holidays Hurt
5 tips to help those grieving a death find moments of joy during the holiday season.

Talking to Children About Death
Suggestions to help your child better understand and cope with the reality of dying and death.

How to Survive Valentine's Day Grief
Tips to help you cope with the "couple's holiday" while mourning the loss of a loved one on Valentine's Day.

Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings of a child who has died.

Good Grief Resources
The primary goal of Good Grief Resources is to connect the bereaved and their caregivers with as many bereavement support resources as possible in one, efficient and easy-to-use website directory.

Children's Grief Books (School Age Children)

These books are recommended for school age children ages 5-12.

What is the Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)?
While focused on the deceased, this traditional Mexican holiday actually celebrates life.

10 Ways to Honor a Soldier on Veterans Day
Meaningful ways you can honor our troops, past and present, during the annual November 11 holiday.

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