Center for Hope & Healing Grief Support

Grief: General

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

  • The Journey Through Grief
  • The Mourner's Bill of Rights

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Mustering the Courage to Mourn
  • Love and Grief: In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
  • Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny Them
  • Will I Grieve or Will I Mourn
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When a Parent Dies
  • Helping Yourself When a Baby Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
  • Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
  • Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
  • Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
  • Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
  • Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
  • Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
  • Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
  • Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
  • The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
  • Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies
  • Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth
  • Healing Your Grief About Getting Older
  • Embracing the Sadness of Grief
  • Helping a Friend or Family Member After a Cancer Diagnosis

  • 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:

  • Helping a Friend in Grief
  • Helping a Man Who is Grieving
  • Helping a Friend Who is Dying
  • Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
  • Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
  • Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
  • Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving
  • Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
  • Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
  • Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
  • Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
  • Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
  • Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
  • Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
  • Helping a Friend or Family Member After a Cancer Diagnosis

  • 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. 

  • Helping Children Cope with Grief
  • Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
  • Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies
  • Helping Children with Funerals
  • Helping Children Understand Cremation
  • Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
  • Helping a Child Who is Dying
  • Helping Grieving Children at School
  • Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
  • Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death

  • Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

    The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death. 

  • Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
  • Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
  • Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
  • Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?

  • For Funeral Directors

    Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs. 

  • It's the Experience That Counts: Funeral Home Customer Service for Today's Families
  • And We Wonder Why People Question the Need for Funerals...
  • Creating Excellence in Customer Service
  • The Dirty Dozen of Customer Service
  • E-Serving Families: How Your Website Should Help Your Customers
  • Listening to (and Satisfying) the Never-Satisfied Customer

  • For Hospices and Other Caregivers

    Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.  

  • Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
  • Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
  • Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
  • The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story": Why I'm Proud to be a Grief Counselor
  • Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
  • Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
  • Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
  • Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
  • The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines

  • Grief: General

    These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief

  • The Journey Through Grief
  • The Mourner's Bill of Rights

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Mustering the Courage to Mourn
  • Love and Grief: In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
  • Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny Them
  • Will I Grieve or Will I Mourn
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal When a Parent Dies
  • Helping Yourself When a Baby Dies
  • Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
  • Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
  • Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
  • Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
  • Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
  • Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
  • Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
  • Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
  • The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
  • Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
  • The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
  • Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies
  • Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth
  • Healing Your Grief About Getting Older
  • Embracing the Sadness of Grief
  • Helping a Friend or Family Member After a Cancer Diagnosis

  • 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:

  • Helping a Friend in Grief
  • Helping a Man Who is Grieving
  • Helping a Friend Who is Dying
  • Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
  • Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
  • Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
  • Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving
  • Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
  • Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
  • Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
  • Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
  • Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
  • Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
  • Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
  • Helping a Friend or Family Member After a Cancer Diagnosis

  • 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.

  • Helping Children Cope with Grief
  • Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
  • Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies
  • Helping Children with Funerals
  • Helping Children Understand Cremation
  • Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
  • Helping a Child Who is Dying
  • Helping Grieving Children at School
  • Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
  • Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death

  • Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

    The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.

  • Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
  • Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
  • Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
  • Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?

  • For Funeral Directors

    Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs.

  • It's the Experience That Counts: Funeral Home Customer Service for Today's Families
  • And We Wonder Why People Question the Need for Funerals...
  • Creating Excellence in Customer Service
  • The Dirty Dozen of Customer Service
  • E-Serving Families: How Your Website Should Help Your Customers
  • Listening to (and Satisfying) the Never-Satisfied Customer

  • For Hospices and Other Caregivers

    Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

  • Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
  • Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
  • Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
  • The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story": Why I'm Proud to be a Grief Counselor
  • Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
  • Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
  • Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
  • Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
  • The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines