Grief is the instictive human response to loss. It's a complex emotion and is natural and necessary. It is not "bad" and does not "make you weak" to grieve. It is not an illness or mental-health problem.
If you are grieving, it is normal and exactly what you need to heal!
Here are some resources to help you with grief.
Grief, Death, and Loss
- Center for Loss and Life Transition: A private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief. Dedicated to helping both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum.
- Crisis, Grief, and Healing: A place where men and women can discuss, chat, or browse to understand the many different paths to heal strong emotions. Resources on the site include excerpts from author Tom Golden's books on healing from loss.
- GriefNet: GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.
- Grief and Loss: Grief support information and resources from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Aging, Dying, and Caregiving
- Growth House: An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illnesses and end-of-life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: Committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.