I’ve compiled a list of resources if you need outside help managing your grief. If your grief is becoming too much to manage on your own and you are considering anything dangerous, please, PLEASE, contact 911 or, if you’re afraid to do so, please at least contact 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you’re not in a position to speak with someone (perhaps you have other people living under your roof and you don’t want them to hear) then you can also use their online chat. It’s a long hard road ahead, but it does get easier. I promise.
The first one on my list is www.griefHaven.org . I want to give a sincere thank you to Susan Whitmore, the founder of griefHaven, for giving me the green light to post a link to her site. She is the mom of Erika, who passed away from a rare sinus tumor. griefHaven was created in her honor to help other parents who have lost their children. While losing anyone special to you is a terrible and unfortunate thing, nothing can compare to the pain of losing a child. Please check out griefHaven and speak to the members there who are in similar situations. You are not alone.
Second, whatsyourgrief.com is a great blog on the general dealings with grief. There are numerous entries about coping with loss, helping grieving children, dealing with a suicide death, and feeling relief after someone’s passing.
Hellogrief.com is another great one. With articles about dealing with loss during holidays (including Mother’s and Father’s Day) and its own collection of resources broken down by state, there’s sure to be something for you if you are grieving the loss of a loved one.
The last one I’ll list for now is journeyofhearts.org. I found this to be one of the most beautiful grief websites out there. It is self-described as “a healing place” and offers plenty of resources, discussions about accidental and sudden deaths, complications of grief, how to help someone who is grieving, and warning signs of suicide.
Please keep checking back for any updates, or let me know if you have a site or know of a site that would be a great resource for others suffering from the tremendous pain of grief.