Understanding and Managing Grief, June 19 - June 25, 2011

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Caregiving and Hospice, June 19 - June 25, 2011

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Coping with Pet Loss, June 19 - June 25, 2011

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Camp Widow 2011

In case you're not aware of it, I want to tell you about a wonderful program offered by the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation.  An annual event created by widows for widows, Camp Widow™ is a weekend-long gathering of widowed people from across the country, and around the world, coming together to create a community that understands the life altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow™ provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse--all in a fun, uplifting, laughter-filled atmosphere.

This year, Camp Widow™ will be held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California from August 12-14, 2011.

Understanding and Managing Grief, June 12 - June 18, 2011

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Caregiving and Hospice, June 12 - June 18, 2011

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  • "Putting good info in people's hands leads to better-informed decisions. Thanks for your help," from to

Coping with Pet Loss, June 12 - June 18, 2011

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Teen Misses Uncle’s Visitation and Funeral

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A reader writes:  I am 14 years old.  I didn't get to view my uncle’s body or go to his funeral, so I’d like to know what you can do to be able to move on when you didn't get a funeral.  Any tips?

My Response: I'm so sorry to learn of the death of your uncle, and especially sorry that you were unable to be present for his visitation and funeral.  I think your question serves to remind us of the value of the funeral – not for the deceased, but as a source of comfort to the relatives and friends of the loved one who has died. The visitation and funeral can be an important first step in the mourner’s journey through grief, as it offers the first opportunity to mourn the loss of a special person in the presence of others who also are in mourning. In addition, visiting the funeral home, seeing the body, and attending and participating in the funeral service all help to confirm and reinforce the reality of the death.

Caregiving and Hospice, June 5 - June 11, 2011

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Understanding and Managing Grief, June 5 - June 11, 2011

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Coping with Pet Loss, June 5 - June 11, 2011

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Support for Grieving College Students: How to Start a Local Chapter of Students of AMF

When faced with the added stresses and challenges of anticipatory grief and loss, college students are especially in need of campus-based grief support.  Living away from home for the first time, already struggling to establish autonomy from their families, and learning to cope with the academic and social pressures of college life, they need a safe place where they can meet with their peers, share their experiences of loss and process their grief.

The Actively Moving Forward (AMF) Support Network "is dedicated to supporting young adults grieving the illness or death of a loved one. The program accomplishes its mission by creating Actively Moving Forward Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide that connect and empower grieving college students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of deceased loved ones, raising awareness about the needs of grieving young adults, including through the annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week, and hosting national grief support programs, such as the “We Get It” Supportive Blog, and events, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief. We also support non-collegiate young adults by creating a wealth of virtual information, programming, and community."

If a student is interested in starting a local chapter of Students of AMF, the steps in the process are listed here: The Process of Starting a Chapter of Students of AMF

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Caregiving and Hospice, May 29 - June 4

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Understanding and Managing Grief, May 29 - June 4

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  • Updated! Grief Bibliography (books recommended by the bereaved, for the bereaved),

Coping with Pet Loss, May 29 - June 4

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Grief Bibliography

This list was last reviewed and modified on February 23, 2017.  You'll find the original list, with links to comments from some of our members, here: Grief Bibliography

It has been said that every grief needs a thousand tellings.  When we are stricken with grief over the loss of someone we dearly love, whether that is a special person in our lives or even a treasured companion animal, we each will have our own stories to tell, as well as a need to know the stories of others.

Whether written by experts in grief intervention, or by ordinary people who have found their own way through grief, today there are literally dozens of excellent books on bereavement and loss, shelved in the bereavement section of your local library or neighborhood bookstore.  You can also browse through some of the hundreds of titles available on the Internet.

To see a list of books I've read and personally recommend, go to the Articles ~ Columns ~ Books page of my Grief Healing Web site, then scroll down until you come to the section entitled Suggestions for Further Reading.  Alternatively, you are welcome to browse the Grief Healing Bookstore.

I'd also like to share with you an ever-growing list of books specifically recommended by the bereaved themselves to their fellow mourners, all of whom are members of our online Grief Healing Discussion Groups. (For your convenience, you can click on any of the book titles listed below, and you'll be taken directly to Amazon's description and reviews of each book on the list. You are under no obligation to purchase any of these books; this simply gives you a quick and easy way to learn a little more about each one. You will find many of these titles in your local public library, or you can ask if your librarian will order them for you.)
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