Griefwords Online Library

Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director

Helping Others with Grief

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

The Misconception of the Funeral as a Rite of Closure

Helping a Friend in Grief

Helping Yourself Heal When Someone You Care About Dies of a Drug Overdose

Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving

Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal

Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace

Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying

Helping a Friend or Family Member After a Cancer Diagnosis

Helping Your Family Heal After Miscarriage

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.

What's Your Love Language

The Teeter-Totter of Resilience and Vulnerability in Grief

You Must Say Hello Before You Say Goodbye

You Must Make Friends with the Darkness Before You Can Enter the Light

You Must Go Backward Before You Can Go Forward

Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth

Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies

Mustering the Courage to Mourn

Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts

Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies

Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies

Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season

Healing Your Grief About Getting Older

Embracing the Sadness of Grief

When Your Soulmate Dies

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member.  The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death

How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy

Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Helping Children with Funerals

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief